Macomb Community College, John R. Dimitry Student Center

Clinton Township, Michigan

It’s shaped like a slice of pie and offers up selections just as pleasing to the palate, but the new John R. Dimitry Student Center has more to offer for students than comfort food.

The point of the building’s silver canopy extends to the approximate geographic center of the campus, and the university hopes it will serve in the same capacity on a social basis. Toward ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$181.73FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio end, the John R. Dimitry Student Center houses the student-activities office, dining room, college bookstore, games, computer workstations with Internet connections, and ATM and vending machines. The building’s unique shape was decreed by nature—the architect had to accommodate the college’s Nature Center and adjacent protected wetlands.

The facility plan evolved after many layouts were studied. Key issues that influenced the development of the plan on the proposed site:

-Configuration of existing underground utilities.

-A natural drainage swale that drains northeasterly toward the Utica Drain. The building footprint was configured to stay out of existing wetlands.

-A shared truck dock for the bookstore, food-service kitchen and CE building dictated placement of service functions.

-A requirement that building entrances be oriented to the entire campus.

-The site plan enhances vehicular and pedestrian circulation throughout campus and to the new facility.