Broyhill Events Center to close in December

The Broyhill Events Center will be closed starting in December, due to the high cost and the declining use of the Broyhill, Dino DiBernardi, vice chancellor for Student Development, said

The long term plan for the Broyhill is still undecided.

Closing the Broyhill Inn could save the university $1 million a year, DiBernardi said.

“The Broyhill is a very valuable site,” he said. “If the building were torn down we could use it for more classrooms, more housing, greek housing, there are unlimited possibilities. We just need to find what best fits the university’s long term goals.”

The closure corresponds to the opening of the new addition to the Plemmons Student Union, opening at the start of the spring semester, Dave Robertson, director of Student Programs for the PSU, said.

Employees currently working at the Broyhill Events Center will be transferred to the PSU and its new addition.

“No students will lose their jobs with the closing of the Broyhill,” Robertson said. “We like a great student staff. It’s student money we are spending and these jobs ought to go to students.”

The new addition to the student union will help to replace the loss of the Broyhill. Eleven new meeting rooms in the addition will double the number of meeting rooms in the union, and the addition of the Parkway Ballroom will create a lot more space, Robertson said.

The conference side of the Broyhill Events Center will be closed for events however, the Fermentation Sciences program will continue to be housed there until a new location can be found, he said.

Jeremy Dale, the associate director of Broyhill Events Center has been hired as an assistant director of student programs for staff and community development.

“We are still not sure what we will do with the events center after it closes, but until Fermentation Sciences finds a new home, that will be the only part left up and running,” Dale said.

The Broyhill will also not be used as a residence hall due to costs, DiBernardi said.

“The cost to bring the old hotel up to code for that purpose would be about $14 million,” he said.


Story: MADISON FISLER, Intern News Reporter