South Dakota State University, Student Center

Brookings, South Dakota

  • FIRM

    Perkins and Will


    South Dakota State University

  • AREA

    56,400 sq.ft.





The renovation of the Student Center at South Dakota State University includes 35,600 square feet of new construction and 20,800 square feet of remodeled spaces. The facility includes an expanded bookstore to accommodate peak buying and selling times, complemented with flexible space to avoid congestion and long lines, and additional retail space. The design also ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$145.92CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation space for efficient, user-friendly student association offices, options for larger staff office areas, and an increased number of meeting/conference rooms.

An important component of the facility was the need for high-quality, desirable food-service spaces and dining options. The servery adds seating to the dining area and includes Kettle Classics, Salad Garden, Wokery, Home Zone, Grille Works, Tortilla Fresco, 1881 Ice Cream Shoppe and Java City.

Student gathering spaces were addressed in the design by adding additional semi-quiet rooms, incorporating spaces to highlight student art, and adding a multipurpose auditorium with seating for 325 with a stage that can be used for banquets, meetings, exhibit/booth space and theatrical productions.

"Warm and welcoming. The project creates an attractive center for student activity. Both cozy and grand!"--2006 jury