Wright State University, Student Success Center

Dayton, Ohio

In an effort to improve student retention and support first-year and at-risk students, Wright State University created a new Student Success Building that removes barriers to receiving academic assistance.
A faceted, winding public space supports the programmed functions by providing a variety of areas, from one-person study niches to larger, six-person huddle rooms ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$199.00FEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas provide each student with individual choices for seating.
Tutor spaces are visually and functionally connected to the public space, enabling student tutors and faculty to leave the rigid confines of a classroom and engage students in different, more comfortable environments.
The transparency between common and programmed spaces lets students see their peers receiving assistance and reduces the stigma often associated with tutoring.
Large areas of glazing connect public spaces to the exterior and provide light and views throughout the building. A mixture of clear, blue and translucent white glass energizes the public space by casting changing shadows and color onto neutral finishes. Yellow perforated screens provide shading at strategic seating locations and building orientations.
Additional areas for learning and studying are provided by making connections to exterior spaces in a sheltered courtyard and at the main entries.
The programmed teaching spaces served by the common areas include a 225-seat auditorium designed for collaborative, lecture-style learning and four state-of-the-art, technology-rich active-learning classrooms that seat 486. Additional areas include tutoring spaces for 150 students, and a 130-seat math studio.
The unique mix of classroom, support and collaborative space enables the university to better serve at-risk students and improve their odds of success.
The students’ needs are met within the variety of spaces, so that they are able to stay connected with staff, professors and one another. The building design and the functions contained within encourage students to stay, linger, interact, engage, and succeed.