The $29 million Anthony J. and Gale N. DiGiorgio Campus Center - named after Winthrop University's president and his wife - will open by Friday when Winthrop's new class of freshmen arrive.
The building already has a nickname - "The DiGs" - taken from the DiGiorgios' last name.
The center houses a bookstore, 224-seat theater, post office, food court, dining areas and banquet halls, game room, television lounges, and offices for student publications, organizations and other departments.
An open house - for Winthrop students, faculty and staff only - will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 27. A public dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 24.
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Of particular interest
Notable design features that evoke the university's past, present and future:
8-inch abstract flower medallions salvaged from Winthrop's Peabody building, circa 1915, adorn the center with university history.
Original student artwork - including sculpture, painting, and graffiti art - is on display throughout the building.
Motion-sensor lighting, composting, recycling and digital signs are a few of the ways the new center will save energy and reduce waste.
By the numbers
The 128,229 square-foot building contains:
yards of concrete
tons of steel
square feet of dry wall