Wright State University, Student Union/Recreation Center Renovation

Dayton, Ohio

  • FIRM

    The Collaborative Inc


    Wright State University

  • AREA

    165,000 sq.ft.





The Student Union/Recreation Center at Wright State University (WSU) has emerged as a collection of buildings constructed and interconnected over the last 40 years. The existing building was constrained by a lack of connectivity, confusing circulation patterns and interior spaces that lacked vitality.

The goals of the interior renovation ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$50.90FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas to:

•Create visual connections between functions.

•Clarify organization and circulation patterns.

•Showcase students and student involvement.

•Create dynamic, energized spaces.

Extensive amounts of load-bearing masonry walls were removed to create vistas between functions—always allowing a unifying view back to the central atrium. A mosaic of multiple-patterned glass types is used throughout the design to reinforce visual connections between spaces and also provide varying degrees of privacy.

With a sense of transparency that the old building lacked, the “new” Student Union/Recreation Center has a more intuitive circulation pattern. The design re-energized the two-story core atrium by placing transparent and translucent spaces around the perimeter.