Southeast Missouri State University, Center for Student Involvement

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

The Center for Student Involvement provides a central space for extremely involved students. It contains office space for several student organizations and space where students can socialize. This space formerly was the textbook-rental location and originally was a bowling alley when the building was constructed in 1975.

The design team included university ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMMcClure Engineering AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$126.12FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation managers, a university faculty member, interior design students and mechanical engineering consultants. The design process was unique because project managers invited senior interior design students to design this space. Students were encouraged to modify conceptual floor plans as desired and create a space that they and other students would enjoy. The winning design concept, which was determined through open voting sessions, served as a major influence in the design of the space.

The completed design includes the use of bold colors, curved walls, exposed ceilings and ductwork, and unique flooring and furniture designs. Most of the new ductwork was exposed intentionally to create a modern and industrial feel. Many architectural details were custom-designed by using unique materials and careful detailing.