This new 82,000-square-foot student center provides an iconic gateway building for the expanding campus. It is expected to be the first building on campus to achieve a gold LEED rating. The new student center was designed to be the university’s new public face, providing a visual connection among the campus, the community COST PER SQ FT$185.98CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas nature.
The building accomplished this connection by providing transparency vistas through the building that enable vehicular and pedestrian traffic to see through the building. It was planned as a building that resonates with energy and pulses with campus life, creating a place to "see and be seen" by passersby. Daylighting and views ensure that this remains the lively campus hub.
Situated on the first floor are the larger gathering spaces such as dining and meeting functions. Quieter meeting rooms, the meditation suite and the president’s dining area are on the second floor overlooking the atrium.
The architectural articulation of the fitness center and the connecting bridge ensures that the complex is perceived as a series of interconnected parts on a warm and accessible human scale.
"Dramatic and dynamic spaces for students, and outstanding daylighting and views. Warm and accessible human scale."--2010 jury