The expanded Tate Center
Summer school students got the first glimpse of the expanded Dean William Tate Student Center in June. The $58 million project, funded by a student-approved increase in student activity fees, adds 100,000 square feet to the Tate Center, which first opened in 1983.
The Tate expansion includes a 12,000 square-foot ballroom that can be subdivided into seven smaller rooms; six conference rooms; multiple lounges and seating areas; a small amphitheater with a projection system and 17-foot screen; Print & Copy Services; and the Dawg Pen, a sports lounge.
New restaurant offerings include Barberitos Southwestern Grill; Larry’s Giant Subs; Hotei’s, an Asian eatery developed by UGA Food Services; and the Taste of Home Café, which serves breakfast and lunch and features recipes submitted by families of UGA students.
A signature feature of the expansion is a 15-foot tile UGA arch embedded in the floor just inside the main entrance off the new Alumni Plaza. The two-story open lobby features dramatic lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to flood the building.