Hanover College, The Underground

Hanover, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Rowland Design


    Hanover College Board of Directors

  • AREA

    4,600 sq.ft.





Prior to renovation, The Underground at Hanover College was an underutilized student union center. The renovation emphasizes student needs. The space maintains its dining and mail-service capabilities, and clearly defined areas that promote eating, independent and group study, and relaxation help enhance student use.

The challenge for designers was to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$56.52FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas mail, dining, study and relaxation areas into one unified, cohesive environment. Contouring varied ceiling elevations with flooring materials, high-backed booths and curtainwalls provide space definition without creating seclusion. The various spaces are united through a complementary color palette of red, gold and orange.

An open-windowed curvilinear wall offers separation without creating a stark division. The wall reflects the curvature of the “living room,” a carpeted area containing an upholstered loveseat and lounge chairs, a round coffee table, a recessed fireplace surrounded by built-in bookshelves, and a movable curtainwall.

The Underground has become an integral part of the Hanover College experience.