After watching the Emory Student Center take shape for nearly two years, the campus community is invited to come in and experience the new facilities.
The center opened its doors on Monday, May 6, offering a first-hand look at the new structure, which houses a range of student-centric features, including a high-tech games and entertainment lounge, a new spacious catering, a convenience store, and innovative spaces for student study, collaboration, and engagement.
In addition to providing a central location for student-centric services, the new building contains a large multi-purpose space, which can transform from a series of six meeting rooms into a sprawling ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,400 guests, with overflow space for another 200.
It’s a work in progress, of course. Some furniture has yet to arrive, food service has yet to begin, desks are still being unpacked, and several art installations are planned for later this summer – including the relocation of the popular Emory postcard mural near the temporary Duke-ling, who will find a new home here.
But as for the appearance and function of space? This is obvious – and impressive.
With clean, modern lines, the three-story facility stands proudly in the campus landscape, with north and south pavilions connected by an internal walkway on the third floor. If it feels particularly spacious inside, that’s because it’s — roughly 117,000 square feet, as opposed to the 70,000 square feet of its predecessor, the Dobbs University Center (DUC).
The interior is open, airy and bright. And almost everything was influenced by student feedback, from the furniture and flooring to the overall color scheme and patterns of the textured upholstery, says Ben Perlman, director of student center operations at the Division of Life on the campus.
“In terms of creating a new place for community development, programs and events, this is going to have an incredible impact, with many more inviting and flexible spaces for students to gather and collaborate,” he says. . “But it’s also a space for everyone.”
Considered one of the most energy-efficient buildings on campus, the student center uses 400-foot-deep geothermal wells dug into the nearby McDonough field to help heat and cool the facility, and several of the exterior glass walls are equipped with solar blinds to block the heat of the day.
Look up to study a constellation of LED lighting – some conventional, some architectural and artistic. Peer outside for sweeping views of campus, with insights you may have missed, including the original front facade of the Alumni Memorial University Center (AMUC), once de more exposed to daylight.
Outside, roses are already blooming on the open-air esplanade — it’s actually a green roof — that stretches between the new student center and AMUC. Soon outdoor furniture will join the mix.
Although the grand opening won’t take place until this fall, campus employees are already moving into new office space as the building prepares to host a series of summer meetings and conferences, Perlman says. The catering service will launch later this month, but public seats now offer welcoming nooks for studying and socializing, as the new facility begins to wake up for business.