The New Student Center project at UDC’s Van Ness Campus was a collaboration between Cannon Design as Architect of Record and Marshall Moya Design as Associate Architect. The building is an iconic structure on the District of Columbia’s flagship campus. The 83,000 sq. ft., $63 million building integrates LEED elements to be sensitive to its urban context and environment.
The UDC student center will act as a gateway to the Campus. Along Connecticut Avenue, the new building will be marked by a new public square and a clock tower. The university building will serve as a model for sustainability and green practices for not only the students and visitors who utilize the center, but also for the community. The building and streetscape design will animate the public realm at ground level through activity related to the student center, and it will create a strong visual, functional, and symbolic connection between the campus core and Connecticut Avenue. With the new design, the university will now have the opportunity to re-brand itself both physically and metaphorically as a 21st century institution of higher learning.
The student center is anticipated to be a hub of student activity and to provide resources for the local community. It will contain a mix of uses, including a welcome center, a ballroom, space for student government and activity offices, assembly space for university programs, and spaces for student leisure and socializing. It will also contain restaurants intended to cater to the planned mix of residential and commuter, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, staff, and visitors.