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An artist's rendering shows sketches for an expanded Underground at Wescoe Hall, which will include additional seating, and improved services.

Underground at Wescoe undergoing expansion to add seating, improve services

The Underground food court at Wescoe Hall is undergoing an expansion this summer that will add seating and improve services.

Work has begun on the estimated $475,000 project and is slated to be completed by the start of the fall semester, said Wayne Pearse, director of building services for KU Memorial Unions. The work will add 140 seats, improve traffic flow and allow for more efficient service.

The work will remove a flight of concrete stairs and expand the space to the southwest. The C Store will close temporarily during construction, but will reopen in the northwest corner of the Underground. The Pulse coffee shop will move several feet away from the main southwest doors, allowing employees more room to work and more room for customers, reducing lines and congestion during peak hours.

Student fees will fund the work. Megan Ritter, president of the Union Corporation Board, and former vice president of Student Senate, said students approved the initiative at an opportune time. Several student fees expired at the time the fees for the expansion started, leaving the total amount of fees students pay at the same level.

All offerings at the site, operated by Dining Services, will stay open during the work and remain upon its completion.

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