Duquesne Union History
Duquesne’s first student union — two stories in a building on Vickroy Street — opened under rigorous oversight by the dean of students.
Continual infractions by students resulted in the closure of the Vickroy Street union. For the next 25 years, students gathered at lounges throughout campus.
Ground was broken for a dedicated student union. Designed by noted Carnegie Tech architect Paul Schweiker, the six-story building was constructed of rough concrete softened by the use of natural oak.
The building opened amid much controversy due to its unusual features: north and south walls made entirely of glass, a three-story interior wall and a system of ramps at either end, with a 28-foot cantilevered ramp facing Mellon Hall.
Additional student dining options were added, a stained glass window was installed in the ballroom, and the main ramp facing Academic Walk was replaced by stairs and a fountain.
A major renovation of the Union's second floor reconfigured the 11,000-plus square foot space. The second floor includes an expansive student lounge and a number of dining, retail, and service locations.
The Duquesne Union continues to adapt to student needs. Dining locations, the commuter lounge and the NiteSpot, and the Center for Career Development were recently renovated, and updates are planned for sixth floor meeting rooms.