Project DescriptionResponding to the organizing elements established in the Campus Master Plan, the new Student Center is positioned immediately adjacent to the intersection of the "arc" and "spine". The "spine" relates to an axial link from the existing Campus center, aligning with the footbridge across the ravine, to the center of the academic and administrative core of the campus. The "arc" refers to a linear pedestrian-based development pattern running from the west to the northeast, on which current and future administrative, academic and recreational buildings are located.
The building design has two differing "faces" ... the campus entry and the campus core. The campus entry side of the building utilizes very traditional modular brick masonry to reflect the materials of the existing campus, yet introduces a very dynamic and contemporary look. The campus core sides of the building are treated with a smooth two color aluminum composite panel system suggesting the slick, contemporary aesthetic that is associated with technology.
The first floor accommodates areas that have the highest potential student interaction and benefit from at grade access or proximity to loading and service. Spaces include dining, servery and support, multi-purpose, storage and mechanical areas. The second floor is "carved" away in numerous locations to allow for multiple vantage points and overlooks. Floor openings mimic the rotated geometries of the exterior envelope, provide lounge spaces, and give the opportunity to "see and be seen".
The project was designed to meet the requirements of Executive Order 111 and LEED Silver Level Certification.