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Unexpected problems delay Mac Hall renovations

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Unexpected problems with renovations to the MacEwan Student Centre continue to delay the opening of several new food vendors in the space. Originally scheduled to open this September, the businesses are now slated to open sometime before Christmas.

"Some issues that arose were issues with a new fire code and leasing terms," said Students' Union vice-president operations and finance James Delaney.

The new fire code states that all additions in a building must be within 45 metres of an exit.

"Our architect overlooked the new fire code, so our renovations weren't going to meet with regulations," said Delaney.

Delaney said renovations to the Centre for International Students Studying Abroad and Campus Security offices would have been very expensive, whereas the fire shutters were $9,000.

Delays were also caused by lease agreement issues with the university.

The confirmed vendors for Mac Hall are Curry Grill, Korean BBQ House, Umi Sushi Express and an additional vendor still to be determined.

"We are in negotiations with several clients for the remaining kiosk space," Delaney said.

Third-year communications major Kate Shuttleworth is excited for more variety in the food court.

"I am looking forward to the sushi place, but these new places won't really sway where I buy my food. I'm not here to eat, I'm here to do school and work," she said.

According to Delaney, the vendors were chosen from a student survey last winter.

"I think students will be happy, but if they send feedback or suggestions we will take them into consideration when choosing the last vendor," said Delaney.