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
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.
1) Control of Institution: Private: For Profit 2) Type of Institution: Traditional
Methodology & Standards:
Primary Source: Primary Source: Private Funding
Project Delivery Method(s):
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