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USFers Welcomed Back to Campus With Improvements


A revamped Parina Lounge with computer terminals, seen here, was part of USF's summer renovation work that added the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA) to the University Center's third floor.


While many students and faculty enjoyed a break from campus over the summer, construction and renovation work at the University of San Francisco revved into high gear. 

Among the most extensive work done during the summer was an overhaul of the University Center third floor, which was turned into the new Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA). The CASA renovation, which included an makeover of Parina Lounge and Parina Lounge Computer Lab, created a centralized space for student academic counseling; student workshops on test taking, time management, and more; and academic coaching for first-year and transfer students.

To accommodate CASA office space, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and Public Safety were relocated to 281 Masonic and the University Center fifth floor, respectively.

The Koret Health and Recreation Center’s upper cardio area was redone with new WIFI-, cable television-, and iPod-ready exercise equipment, new carpeting, and a fresh coat of paint.

The McLaren Conference Center was reconfigured, giving it a dedicated events entrance. The Phelan Hall entrance was rerouted for residents and the lobby and restrooms were upgraded. Seismic and emergency light safety improvements were also made.

The School of Education exterior received a facelift with new paint. And new landscaping was added in the planters leading up the Lone Mountain steps. The faculty and staff dining room in The Market Café was expanded and remodeled.

Meanwhile, construction continued on the John Lo Schiavo S.J. Center for Science and Innovation (CSI) during the summer, as it passed the halfway point of construction on its way to a July 2013 completion.

Written by Andrea Powell »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews