Middle Tennessee State University, Student Union

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The new three-story Student Union Building on Middle Tennessee State University’s campus in Murfreesboro fulfilled a great need and years of anticipation for the school. This 198,000-square-foot facility functions as a gathering space for 26,000 students to enhance campus life and advance the university’s educational mission. 

The architect ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$282.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas the interior spaces of this $56 million building. Upon entry, the stunning atrium provides an abundance of natural light, clear building organization, connection to a new quad outside and many gathering spots on the ground floor. The three floors offer a food court, multiple lounge and study areas, conference rooms and offices, a game room, and a theater and ballroom.  

Highlights of this project:

•The building is designed specifically for students between classes.

•The majority of spaces are for students, the remainder for those that support students.

•New food court, lounge and recreational areas, study rooms, and offices for student organizations.

•Follows state sustainability guidelines.

•The architect used building information modeling (BIM) in the design process.

“Each space is exciting and non-formulaic in its design solution. Personal, intimate spaces with good color choices.”--2013 jury