The new University Center is another critical facility for Central State University’s expanding enrollment. The main design goal is to create a piece of architecture and an identity as a Student Center and a campus icon. The building will allow students and passersby to see into and beyond the building to the historic Tawawa Woods ravine. The building is designed to resonate with energy and pulse with campus life.
The 90,000 sq. ft. building will include a bookstore, convenience store, food services, social and quiet lounges, meeting spaces, entertainment spaces, student club and organizations spaces, a president’s dining suite, administrative & student services offices and a ballroom for large social events.
A modern approach has been taken in the design of the exterior façade of the building. The common denominator on buildings across campus is brick. As such, the exterior façade of the building incorporates brick which serves as an anchor to tie in to the existing masonry fabric of the campus. The use of glass and metal panel accentuates the modern feel.
Materials and finishes will be chosen for their aesthetic appeal, affordability, durability, sustainability and constructability. And to crown all of this, the building is designed to be sustainable.