The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) renovated the first floor of the south wing of the Student Union Building. This renovated area provides space for various student activities and groups that are currently in space on other floors of the union and in other buildings.
The concept was developed by thinking of the people who COST PER SQ FT$115.50FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation occupy the space—news anchors, DJs, musicians, writers, all dealing in the medium of words—and also of fraternity and sorority life, which emphasizes the importance of letters and symbols as identifiers. The reverberations became embodied at a very prominent position in the corridor now known as the "Epicenter." The Epicenter became the organizer of the entire space.
The second concept was called "urban street" and built upon the idea of the main corridor being a place off of which various storefronts could be developed that would give each group a unique identity on "the street." In the end, the design team was tasked with combining both concepts. This project also provides space for a new Reflection Room. It will be open to all student groups and will not be affiliated with any one religion or spiritual activity.
The renovation provides about 12,000 square feet of new space in support of the following student activities: student media suite, Radio UTD, UTD TV, A Modest Proposal (the UTD student opinion publication), The Mercury (student newspaper of UTD), FSL (Fraternity and Sorority Life), Reflection Room and general-use meeting rooms.