University Student Center, California State University, Stanislaus
The Student Center is designed to create a sense of belonging, a welcoming environment, and a safe space for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community. The University envisioned a design for this Student Center that not only provides a fulfilling experience and the resources necessary to allow student success, but also ignites campus pride, enhances student life, and becomes the campus hub for the diverse student population. In pursuit of this vision, the existing student center was renovated and expanded into an 84,500 square foot, state-of-the-art building that is versatile, innovative, progressive, and inviting. Centralizing multiple function spaces including study areas, food-service, and event spaces, the center brings the campus community together, becoming the central hub of campus—a place where every student can find their niche.
The design reduces halls and corridors in exchange for more meaningful gathering, study, and lounge space to truly use every square foot. The variety of spaces accommodate different personality types and group sizes. The intelligent and innovative design of the indoor/outdoor auditorium links the two floors of the building and effortlessly transforms into student lounge stairs when not in use to minimize vacant/underutilized space and maximize efficiency. The Student Center opens to a large lawn where students can congregate, creating a true campus hub.
Characterized by modern design and sustainable practices, the program includes:
- Warrior Grill restaurant
- Multiple food service vendors
- Conference rooms
- Lounges and study alcoves
- Event center
- Offices and administrative space
Phase I consisted of the renovation of the existing student center and cafeteria building, and included the demolition of a portion of the existing structure, construction of an approximately 47,500 square foot new building, and the renovation of approximately 24,000 square feet of existing building. Phase II consisted of the renovation of the existing university bookstore to convert the 13,000 square foot building into event space.