Student center

L. Gale Lemerand Student Center | Daytona State College

Project description

Like an outcrop of coral stone rising from the Florida shoreline, the 74,000-square-foot L. Gale Lemerand Student Center at Daytona State College establishes an iconic presence on campus along the main thoroughfare connecting the famed waterfront of Daytona to the rest of Florida. The stone and bronze wall with organic curves faces the road and embraces the visitor like two outstretched arms forming a landscaped welcoming lawn at the entrance to the campus. Rising from the center of the gently curving wall is a bronze portal framing the opening of the student center and giving passage to the main quadrangle and the campus beyond. Inside, a three-story commons overlooks the quadrangle and serves as the campus lounge. Restaurants, a cafe, a games lounge and group study rooms surround the student center commons. An amphitheater on the second and third floors cantilever into the commons and overlook the campus quadrangle. The amphitheater provides a theatrical experience giving students the ability to see and be seen, thereby enhancing a sense of community and belonging. Other components of the program housed in the student center include a 500-person event center, offices and workspace for the student club and organization, classrooms, career services, the center of writing and the library of the College. Educational and recreational programs enhance student life at Daytona State College and provide essential support services for transitioning into the workforce. The center is designed as a high performance Green Globe facility. Custom perforated bronze sunscreens are veiled over large glazed areas of the south and west facades to limit heat gain and glare while allowing views to the exterior. Plus, a vented bronze rainscreen reduces heat gain in the scorching Florida sun. Other sustainable strategies include the use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials, reclaimed rainwater, photo-optical lighting, and high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.