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Irene Weygandt

Director of Communication & Marketing, Josef Korbel School

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Cherrington Commons Rendering
Architectural rendering of Cherrington Commons

When Korbel School students returned to campus this September, it was clear that change in the Sie Complex was afoot. Plastic draping appeared in the link between the two buildings that make up the Sie Complex for International Studies. What’s happening behind this sheeting is exciting, and we sat down with the Korbel School’s associate dean for administration, Alana Phanichpatom to learn more about the details of the Sie Complex renovation.

Question: What is the purpose of the renovation?

Alana Phanichpatom: When Dean Mayer joined Korbel, he realized there wasn’t a space in the Sie Complex for students to gather and come together. He wanted to create a “living room” where students can congregate, study, and build community with each other. In addition, the renovation will honor the history of the Korbel family and their connection to our school.

Q: What is the timeline for the renovation?

Phanichpatom: The design, planning and permitting process started in March. Demolition began in June. We expect that renovation will be done in November and are planning a grand opening for January when students are back from winter break.

Q: What are some of the key features of the renovation?

Phanichpatom: The renovation will include a welcoming entrance, an open space specifically for Korbel students with dedicated study and lounge spaces.

Q: Will there be a food vendor?

Phanichpatom: Beans will be our vendor and will stay in its current location. We are working with them on offering an expanded menu.

Q: What are you most excited about in this renovation?

Phanichpatom: Cherrington Hall was built in 1966. I am excited that this renovation will both honor the architecture of the building, while creating a welcoming space for students to build community.

Further details related to the grand opening of Cherrington Hall this winter will be forthcoming.

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