A commuter campus, Oakland Community College had no central space for students to gather between classes, either in large or smaller groups to make new social connections. Their clubs were separated from the rest of campus.
The new student center was to be young, upbeat and technologically advanced to persuade students to stay on campus. The interiors were COST PER SQ FT$261.49FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas with playful shapes and colors to create different study atmospheres within the same room. Elements such as the cone-shaped elevator tower with a circular stair inches from its sloped sides and curved, purple metal trellises provide a sense of human scale, while still enabling the student to feel the entire space. This contrasts with the green and white painted, curved walls. Ceiling heights varied from two-story to one-story to provide more intimate conversation in an area with warm wood-paneled areas. Three different floor levels, with connecting stairs and ramps, and various flooring materials were created to join the two existing building levels.
The building program includes an expanded bookstore and retail outlet; large and small meeting and conference spaces; a game room; spaces for student groups, clubs and committees; public-safety operations; and food services, including a full kitchen used for college-wide catering functions.