The Student Activity and Academic Center (the “SAAC”) was built to address the growing needs and demographics on Emory University’s changing satellite campus. The architect provided overall site design (3.5 acres) to accommodate program requirements established by both the education and athletic interests. In addition, landscape improvements were designed to blend the ASSOCIATED FIRMChapman Griffin Lanier Sussenbach ArchitectsFEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape into the rest of the campus by focusing primarily on consistent and transitional plantings.
The SAAC is accessible to all three residential components of the Clairmont Campus: the Graduate and Undergraduate Tower Residential Centers and the Turman Shuttle System terminal in the adjacent parking deck that connect to the main campus. It comprises additional classrooms, a computer lab, full-service food venue, academic offices and communication services, including a mailroom, information kiosks and university intranet terminals.
For athletics, the SAAC’s premises accommodate an indoor gymnasium and fitness center; a 50-meter by 25-meter competition swimming pool and 25-meter teaching/warmup/cool-down pool with a state-of-the-art gutter system; a children’s pool; 1-meter and 3-meter competition diving platforms; eight tennis courts (two clay hydro-courts); six California plexi-pave (rubber) courts; a centralized tennis supervision center; a basketball court with the same surfacing as the tennis hard courts; and a sand volleyball court.