The construction on our beloved Ralph Brown Draughon Library, RBD for short, is near the finish line, and the signs for “look for RBD under the big red crane” will soon be history. Students have been studying around construction since the beginning of spring semester 2016, and finally this fall 2017, current and incoming students will utilize the new resources this building addition will offer.
Here are five reasons why students and future students should be excited for the Mell Classroom Building.
Food is a priority for a college student.
“There will be a Panera Bread as well as places for food trucks,” said Jacqueline Keck, SGA President of Auburn University.
Panera Bread will include a walk-up window, which will allow students to order quickly in order to immediately go to class or study for tests.
Auburn University Board of Trustees recently approved the Mell Corridor project, which will be a vehicle-free pedestrian corridor or concourse. The corridor will be in front of the new building to provide for safe and efficient walking and biking for pedestrians and cyclists. The corridor will be completed by the opening of the Mell Classroom Building. Along with the corridor, a plaza will also be built in front of the building to encourage students and faculty to utilize the outdoor space by walking, socializing or eating outside. This project will start next month and is expected to be finished by December 2017, four months after the new building opens.
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