The plan of the University of California—San Diego’s existing Price student center was developed with an "introverted" configuration—a central courtyard bordered on three sides with all of the building’s program elements facing inward—establishing a powerful sense of place and a hub for dining, socializing COST PER SQ FT$218.49FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation events.
When the university’s growth led to an expansion of the Price Center, the architect’s solution was to create an "extroverted," highly permeable addition offering many entry points, and features such as plazas and monumental staircases that engage the building’s surroundings and enrich the street experience.
The 238,000-square-foot Price Center East expands the bookstore and available space for retail, food service and student organizations, and reinforces the primary pedestrian circulation paths to link all campus components. In response to the site’s gradual slope, the addition has two "ground floors," as does the original Price Center. This enhances the accessibility of both the existing facility and the expansion, while maximizing revenue from and synergy among retail and food-service outlets, all situated at grade.