Cedarville University, Stevens Student Life Center

Cedarville, Ohio

  • FIRM

    SEM Architects


    Cedarville University

  • AREA

    144,000 sq.ft.





Cedarville University, an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, serves 3,000 students from around the world. The university wanted to provide a gathering place for students, and replace an outdated dining hall and an inadequate facility for the university’s theater program.

All student-services offices are situated ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$130.03CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas within the center. The lower level houses a snack shop, game room, bookstore, the campus radio station, post office and financial-affairs offices. Natural materials, such as the wood and shingle facing on the student snack shop with its low, cozy entrances, enhance the interior.

Two-story glass walls bring natural light and views of Cedar Lake to the interior. A 1,200-seat dining hall overlooks the lake. Clustered tables, soaring columns with detailing continued from the entry and public areas, elegant lighting and pleasing colors provide an inviting dining and social environment. A 450-seat theater includes a flyloft and orchestra pit.

A president’s dining room features cherry coffered ceilings, wainscot paneling and columns, and accommodates administrative social functions with distinction.

“Beautiful use of woodwork; functional space. The center has a warm and inviting feeling.” 2002 Jury