Council approves Spoke facelift
By Marshall Bellamy
The University Students’ Council voted unanimously on
Saturday to approve $500,000 in funding for a renovation of
At the USC Annual General Meeting, general manager Mark Sellars
presented renovation plans to council before the vote to approve
funding, with some councillors’ raising concerns.
Sellars explained that after the vote, consultations will
begin with various contractors and the final plans will be
made. Construction is set to begin May 3, and the doors will
re-open for business Sept. 1.
Sellars noted that due to the need to finish the project before
September, expediency in approving the plans and funding for
the renovations would be a priority.
Several councillors reiterated the importance of getting the
renovations done by September, and raised concerns about the
renovation going over budget.
“[From] what I’ve been told, it’s doable
under budget,” Sellars said. “If something dramatic
opens and we’re over budget, then obviously we’ll
go back to budget,” he said, adding there is a contingency
fund if costs exceed expectations.
Don Peat, president of the Huron University College Students’ Council,
recommended that some of the old Spoke fixtures be auctioned
Sellars explained that it would be something he would look
Brian Lynch, undergraduate student representative on the Board
of Governors, pointed out the lack of commercial viability
in the renovation plans. “There doesn’t seem to
be a commercial side to the design.”
“It was our fourth priority,” Sellars said, explaining
the goal of the project is to provide lounge space for students.
Dan Smith, the manager of The Spoke and The Wave, said the
three new food kiosks that are planned include a fresh pasta
bar, a sandwich stand and a type of juice bar. “It’s
not a juice bar, but it has a juice bar feel.
“The Spoke kitchen will more or less stay the same,
with an emphasis on speed,” he added.
Smith mentioned that the bar portion of the The Spoke will
also be renovated. “It’ll be nice, but there will
be a smaller feel,” he said, adding the bar will also
maintain its “Spoke feel.”