The goal of this university was to build an active student center at the heart of the campus. The site selected straddles a major pedestrian connection from the “lower” to the “upper” campus to stimulate activity. Architectural character was chosen for its consistency with the Federal- and Georgian-style campus.
Central to the design is a skylighted, five-
story COST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio with escalators to carry pedestrians up the steep incline that bisects the campus. Major, architecturally distinct entrances are placed at both the first and fourth floors of the building. To serve pedestrians when the building is not open, an exterior stair has been designed that is integral with the east facade of the building.
The interior of the building is a multi-use space. Student-oriented activities are found at each level flanking the escalators. A food court, game room, restaurant and computer lab are at the lower level. A theater, art gallery, post office, campus store and coffee shop, as well as all the other typical student center functions, are found on the upper floors and are visible from the escalators and entryways. Light floods the space from the skylight, and there are outstanding views out the windows of the atrium toward the campus and hills beyond. The upper entrance is the domed rotunda with a curved monumental stair and chandelier. The terrazzo floor features the continents of the world, representing the many countries from which the institution draws its students. Another terrazzo floor was designed as part of the “per cent for the arts” program.