The University of Akron, Wayne College Student Life Building

Orrville, Ohio

  • FIRM

    The Collaborative Inc


    The University of Akron

  • AREA

    36,000 sq.ft.





The new Student Life Building at Wayne College is the college’s first step toward realizing the master plan vision of a multi-building campus. The architect and the University of Akron worked together to design the new building in a manner that enables it to be a destination today and a thoroughfare tomorrow. The building entry points, service ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$180.55FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio and major internal and external circulation routes all have been planned with future campus expansion in mind.

Akin to a student center on a four-year campus, the Student Life Building includes a student dining marketplace, lounges, game area, student organization office, bookstore, classrooms, the Community Education and Workforce Development Center and multipurpose rooms. The student-life spaces have been clustered in highly transparent zones along the main circulation spine that leverage views to and from the new central green.

The vibrant building offers students more opportunities for out-of-class socializing and discussion, adding to the quality of student life on this commuter campus.