The student center at Lone Star College-North Harris is the new student's introduction to college. Its productive and efficient organizational flow ensures a positive first-time experience and sets this facility apart. Students proceed intuitively to curriculum counseling, admissions and financial-aid stations. These spaces are organized simply around a vast, sunlighted COST PER SQ FT$180.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio that acts as a focal point for student activity, just as the formal elements and site design make the building a focal point for the entire campus.
The two-story center also houses administrative functions, an Internet cafe, and large second-floor banquet halls for community events.
Daylighting was a guiding force during the design process. Finishes, forms and color palettes are used conservatively to allow the sun’s natural rays to paint interior surfaces. The clerestory windows and skylights in the atrium enable students to study and mingle in natural light that also floods into adjacent areas—meaning many spaces receive daylight from more than one side, reducing demand for electrical lighting.
The design also enhances building security and safety through the simple, open and bi-symmetrical plan.