Western Connecticut State University, Westside Campus Center

Danbury, Connecticut

This expanding and rambling campus was burdened by a lack of focus, magnified by a multi-level terrain that further created disunity among the academic, athletic and residential components.

The new 49,000-square-foot student union was sited to serve as both a gateway to the center of the campus, as well as a vertical link that locks in the various levels of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$367.45FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas campus. Incorporated into the heart of the building is a spine with a grand staircase that pulls visitors in at each level. This naturally draws students through the building and then provides a full range of student services.

The facility includes a full-service cafeteria, dining room and servery, 650-seat divisible multipurpose room, pub/game room, fitness center, offices for student organizations and faculty, a performing stage that serves the meeting rooms, and an expansive outdoor amphitheater.