Indiana Wesleyan University, Student Center Addition

Marion, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Design Collaborative


    Indiana Wesleyan University

  • AREA

    89,000 sq.ft.





Committed to enhancing student life, Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) selected the architect to design a 68,000-square-foot addition and 21,000-square-foot renovation to its Student Center in Marion, Ind.

The Student Center is the central corridor of Indiana Wesleyan University, connecting the academic core to the residential end of campus. The most striking ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$163.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas feature is the 24-foot-wide, 44-foot-high skylighted central arcade that extends through the length of the facility. The Student Center has a Main Street feel with storefronts and a stamped-concrete walkway.

One of the center’s prominent new features is a two-story gathering area (“The Piazza”) flanked by storefront facades, 20-year-old ficus trees, a fountain and even an IWU manhole cover. Other new spaces include a full-service kitchen/serving area, Wildcat cafe, outdoor dining, post-office renovation, convenience store, banquet room addition, banquet support renovation, art gallery, commons and dining hall renovation, and a new student Business Incubator Zone (.BIZ). Offices for student organizations, administration, conference services, Life Calling and the health center are on the second floor.