Student center

The New Georgia Tech Student Center, a place where students can reset, restore, and refuel

The newly renovated student center, named after the late John Lewis, brings new resources to the campus community along with refreshed returning favorites.

Exterior of the John Lewis Student Center which will open at the end of July 22.

The John Lewis Student Center and Stamps Commons have reopened after a two-year renovation, concluding the final phase of the Campus Center project, which includes the Exhibit Hall and Pavilions. The entire project comprises five buildings with 232,350 square feet of interior space, spread over 11 acres. In addition to the building’s new features, the new student center has embraced the themes of community and well-being, and will play a vital role in advancing the vision and mission of the engagement and development division. student well-being.

“Student wellness was at the forefront of the design of every feature and space,” says Lindsay Bryant, Senior Director of Student and Campus Events Centers. “The lounge spaces, outdoor seating, and connecting the experiential pathway to the building all help foster a sense of connection and place.” This advances one of the four goals of the new Cultivating Wellbeing Action and Transformation Roadmap for students.

A notable addition to the building’s main entrance on the second floor is the large mural of the late John Lewis, former United States Representative. The student center was renamed in honor of the civil rights leader, who was an influential student leader while in college. There is also an endowment named to honor Lewis’ legacy that will provide comprehensive and inclusive leadership development opportunities for student leaders, including some scholarships.

The project itself was ‘student-centred’. “Student voices helped drive home the need for expansion, students voted on mandatory fees that funded the project, and students were included in project planning and management,” Luoluo said. Hong, vice president for student engagement and well-being. “It’s this kind of student advocacy and leadership that we want to amplify through the John Lewis Student Leadership Pathways program.”

Renovated spaces on the first floor include Tech Rec and the Georgia Tech Post Office. New additions include a late-night restaurant connected to the bowling alley and a theater to host speakers and events. Outside the first floor entrance, construction continues on the Campanile. Completion of this campus landmark is scheduled for late September.

The student organization space has extended to the second and third floors and is called the student organization center. Student Media has moved from the Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building to the Student Center and WREK radio is back now that construction is complete. This move provides these organizations with greater interaction with the community and students.

Reservable meeting rooms are located on the third floor, named after the streets of the 5th congressional district, which John Lewis represented from 1987 to 2020. Also located on this floor is a 298-seat theater, which was once the ballroom of the former student center. , and administrative offices, now known as the Student and Campus Events Center (SCEC). This team manages and hosts programs in several new spaces, including the Graduate Student Lounge and the Multicultural Lounge, as well as returning and expanded favorites such as the Student Center Reflection Space and Program Board. The Center for Student Engagement is also located on the top floor of the building.

The Student Center is only a space managed by SCEC. Other spaces managed by this team include the Exhibit Hall, Historic Academy of Medicine, Pavilions, and West Village. For more information on how to reserve spaces in these buildings or to reserve outdoor and classroom spaces, visit studentcenter.gatech.edu/reservable-spaces.

A formal dedication honoring the Lewis family will be held on September 29 along with an event designed to bring the Yellow Jacket community together for celebration and rejuvenation. For more information, visit studentcenter.gatech.edu.