Virginia Western Community College, Student Life Center

Roanoke, Virginia




Virginia Community College System – Virginia Western Community College


24,141 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The additions and renovations to the Student Life Center (SLC) at Virginia Western Community College provide a dynamic and functional connection to the rest of the campus. This exciting “linkage” building acts as a bridge that connects the south campus parking to the upper main circulation spine of the site. The complex project added a third floor to the existing building and constructed a three-story expansion. The expansion’s façade, seen as mostly glass, faces northwest toward the campus.
The SLC offers students a place to “hang out” between classes, much like one would see in a four-year university. Outdoor plazas encircle the building and form activity and resting places for students. Many college services are housed in the SLC, including a Career Counseling Center, fitness center, Student Services offices, a REACH Division office serving students with special needs, and activity/club spaces. A food court is situated on the third floor. The SLC was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Additional Information

Cost per Sq Ft



Post-Secondary Citation

Featured in

2015 Architectural Portfolio

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Lees
Carpet by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Roppe
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Brick/Masonry by Taylor Brick
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Ceramic Tile by Crossville
Door Hardware by Sargent
Door Hardware by Sargent
Doors by Eggers
Doors by Curries
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Owens Corning
Insulation by Dow
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Windows by EFCO
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Control Devices by Schneider Electric
Load more

AS&U Design Competitions

The ultimate tribute to education design excellence. If selected for publication, this distinctive...

Have an exceptional project that deserves national recognition? Want to show your best work to the...