Campus Center
Hastings+Chivetta Architects
Project of Distinction Winner 2010 Education Design Showcase

Project Fact Sheet
Facility Use: College/University 4-Year Institution
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Student Unions (College Only)
Location: Danville, KY
District/Inst.: Centre College
   John Cuny Vice President of Finance / Treasurer
Completion Date: October 2009
Enrollment: 1,215 students
Gross Area: 46,560 sq.ft.
Cost per sq.ft.: $271.00
Total project cost: $12,600,000
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Campus Center – Centre College


Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the top liberal arts colleges.  The campus is situated on 115 acres of rolling hills with 60 campus buildings. 


After completing a comprehensive Campus Master Plan in 2002, Hastings & Chivetta became the College's campus architects, commissioned to provide design services for numerous projects.  Recently completed is the two-level Campus Center.  The architectural design team was instrumental in guiding the owner and users through the design process for the Campus Center, listening to their needs and developing a design that met and exceeded those needs.  Multiple on-campus workshops were held that included open forums for students, faculty and staff to review the design and participate in the overall process.  The existing food service vendor, Sodexo, was also involved with the design process.


The major goal for this project was to create a campus gathering place for students, faculty and staff.  Because 98 percent of the student population lives in campus housing, the Center was designed for comfort and socializing.  Informal seating is throughout the Center, including several lounge spaces with fireplaces and 42" flat screen HDTVs.  Flexible seating allows lounges to also be used for study for both small and large groups.  State of the art audio visual and data/telecom is included throughout, including wireless coverage.


The Campus Center replaces the Cowan Dining Commons and serves as the College’s main dining facility.  The first floor main Dining Commons has a huge food court featuring made-to-order stations and a large dining room with tables of various sizes, two private dining rooms as well as bistro seating along the main corridor.  The Every Day Cafe serves grab-and-go snacks as well as grilled and fresh fare. 


The second level has a game lounge with pool tables and Wii game systems.  The Student Life Office suite has designated spaces for student organizations including student publications; dividable meeting rooms; storage lockers, and an area to create campus signage.  A large conference room is connected to a catering kitchen.  Conference rooms of various sizes provide flexibility for meetings, meals and gatherings.  These spaces further enhance the community feel of the building.


The Campus Center blends well with and enhances the traditional architecture of the campus.  The design team utilized sustainable design methods and materials throughout the building.  The site itself was the former site of the Cowan Dining Commons, and demolition material was separated into separate landfills for recycling.  A high R-Value exterior wall and roof system was specified, along with minimal landscaping with no irrigation.  Indoors, energy-efficient lighting was used throughout, water saving plumbing fixtures were utilized and daylighting of major spaces was accomplished with large expanses of glass and skylights.   The design team anticipates that the Campus Center will achieve LEED Silver Certification.

Project Description:
1) Control of Institution: Private: For Profit
2) Type of Institution: Traditional


Methodology & Standards:

Funding Method(s):
Primary Source: Primary Source: Private Funding

Project Delivery Method(s):

Sustainable/Green Design:
Principles Followed: LEED
Certifications Obtained: LEED Certified
Site Selection and Development: Site Selection; Stormwater Management; Building Orientation
Water Conservation: Water Conservation
Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Energy Efficiency; Building Automation/Energy Management Systems
Materials Use: Recycling/Reuse; Sustainable Materials Selection
Indoor Environmental Quality: Use of Daylighting; Electric Lighting Systems/Controls; Acoustics
Teaching Tool: Building as a Teaching Tool
Commissioning: Building/systems have been commissioned


Associated Firms and Consultants:
Interior Design: Hastings & Chivetta Architects (Catrina Cook, IIDA, LEED AP, Interior Designer)
General Contractor: ARCO Construction Co. (Jeff Cook)
Structural Engineer: Fink Roberts & Petrie, Inc. (Neil Berhle; Structural Engineer)
Electrical Engineer: McClure Engineering Associates (Keith Cooper, PE, Principal)
Mechanical Engineer: McClure Engineering Associates (Keith Esarey, PE, LEED AP, Mechanical Principal)
Civil Engineer: Carman (John Carman, LA, FASLA, Principal)
Food Service/Kitchen Consultant: Ricca Network (Al Moller, FCSI, Principal)

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