Valparaiso University, Harre Union

Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University’s Harre Union is positioned directly opposite the University Chapel, across the campus main open space, the University Commons. The building looks out onto the landscape of the commons and surrounding buildings, relating indoor social destinations with outdoor gathering spaces. The union plan internalizes support areas and services at ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSasaki Associates, Inc. Design ArchitectCOST PER SQ FT$259.00CITATIONCollegiate CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas building’s core and externalizes all public functions, defining an active periphery for the building, where each use becomes a destination.

A series of portals carved into the building mass receives different pedestrian pathways from cardinal points on campus, and projects them into the building, defining a major pedestrian crossroads around which program spaces are organized.

The union provides a social and administrative hub for faculty, staff, students and visitors to the campus. The building is home to the university’s main dining and cafe, bookstore, student mail center, ballroom, meeting rooms, career center, student organizations, multicultural and international studies areas, administrative suites, as well as a series of lounge and recreation spaces.

Valparaiso University is a private institution situated in northwest Indiana about one hour from Chicago. Although the school dates to 1859, its most iconic landmark is the modernist Chapel of the Resurrection, built in 1959 to celebrate the school’s centennial. The chapel is situated in the center of the campus and is a well-known local landmark. The new union is the third and last of a series of buildings constructed around the chapel to form the new core of the campus. The other two are the recently completed library and the performing-arts center.

“The artful selection of warm, quality materials will ensure this building will age gracefully.”--2009 jury