The building that formerly housed the Davis College of Business has been transformed into Jacksonville University’s first student union and functions as a true center of student life for the campus. The designation for the new Davis Student Commons was directed and endowed by the Davis Family.
Transitioning the building from its former state to the Student Commons was a substantial project, requiring significant renovations and reconfigurations to the facility. To aid in the planning process for this transition, an advisory committee of students, faculty members, and staff representatives was assembled in late Spring 2004. Throughout the Fall 2004 semester, the committee gathered input from the campus community, through various mediums, on the future use of this facility. A final report on the recommendations for this facility was issued to President Kerry Romesburg in late December 2004.
The University contracted with Reynolds, Smith, and Hills
architects for the design and planning of the Commons renovation and Dav-Lin Interior Contractors of Jacksonville served as the General Contractor for the renovation of the building. Construction officially began on August 23, 2005 and the final renovations are set to be complete Fall 2007.