Student Activities Center Renovation & Addition

University of Louisville
LEED Silver Certified Registered

Student Activities Center, University of Louisville

Exterior view of the transformed Student Activities Center

With Hastings + Chivetta


PROJECT PHOTOS


PROJECT DETAILS

The Heart of Student Life Is Transformed

“Students can come in and socialize and feel a sense of community, no matter who they are. We even have a new lounge for commuter students. We’ve got a place, an operational component, that allows everyone to have a home.” Dr. Glenn Gittings, Director, Student Activities Center & Special Programs, University of Louisville

 

The University of Louisville embarked upon a major renovation and expansion of their student activities center facility to provide a more current architectural expression for the highly visible building, to improve upon existing program space and provide much-needed additional space. The University hired Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, in conjunction with Hastings + Chivetta, to program and design the new facility.

The Student Activities Center forms the heart of student life on campus. The University’s iconic clock tower stands in front of the building, creating a highly visible showpiece on campus. But the Student Activities Center has changed little since its opening in 1990 and was in need of a fresh signature design to indicate its prominence on campus. Large expanses of glass and unique window treatments consisting of wavy glass and vertical fins lighten up the existing structure and showcase the amenities within.

All three levels of the building were renovated, including removal of an outside ramp and inside escalator. Renovated areas include the dining hall, restaurant/game room, conference rooms, theater, recreation space, lounges, student affairs office and workrooms, athletics offices and support areas.

The new additions include offices, a ballroom, meeting spaces, prefunction lounge, food service areas, and a bookstore. The new campus bookstore with an entry on the eastern side of the building creates a welcoming new storefront along Floyd Street and serves to open the building to the surrounding neighborhood.

The SAC renovation features improved and expanded open areas, with movable furniture and lots of natural light.  A new outdoor plaza was created by the removal of a large existing ramp bisecting the current campus green space and hindering pedestrian flow. The new plaza containing tables, chairs, and shade shelters will serve as a community gathering space rather than just a pass-through walkway.

New amenities include:

  • 90 percent of the building was redesigned, renovated or expanded
  • More than 5,000 new meeting seats added
  • Grand Ballroom with almost 10,000 square feet with a capacity to hold 1,200
  • Multi-Purpose Room with almost 6,000 square feet with a capacity to hold 500
  • New Herman and Heddy Kurz Campus Visit Room for prospective students
  • 16 new meeting/conference rooms with integrated audio/screens/projectors technology
  • Multiple outdoor plaza areas
  • Renovated and expanded Campus Store
  • Expanded/enhanced dining facilities
  • Canon Print & Mail Service Center
  • Renovated Floyd Theater
  • Integrated functional spaces for multiple university departments
  • Health & Sport Sciences classrooms, lab space, and department/faculty offices

“I have had the pleasure to work with Sherman Carter Barnhart on several projects. I appreciate the creativity and knowledge that they bring to some very challenging projects. They understand the need for solid design within a financial framework. The team has always been very professional and able to meet deadlines to move projects forward.”

Tim Moore
Assistant to the Vice Provost of Student Affairs
University of Louisville

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With our extensive experience in the design of student housing, Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.

Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies.
They Aren't "Dorms" Anymore
Today’s college students embrace housing facilities that are lively, engaging, state-of-the-art, and sustainable.

Sherman Carter Barnhart's design solutions evaluate the entire campus and campus fabric to engage the residence hall with the university campus as a whole. Residence halls are not isolated but instead a key component to the campus. Residence halls are walkable, amenity-filled communities that more closely resemble a mixed-use apartment complex than what we once called a dormitory.
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With our extensive experience in the design of student housing, Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.  Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies. 
They Arent Dorms Anymore
Today’s college students embrace housing facilities that are lively, engaging, state-of-the-art, and sustainable.  Sherman Carter Barnharts design solutions evaluate the entire campus and campus fabric to engage the residence hall with the university campus as a whole. Residence halls are not isolated but instead a key component to the campus.  Residence halls are walkable, amenity-filled communities that more closely resemble a mixed-use apartment complex than what we once called a dormitory.

 

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When I describe what it was like living in Haggin Hall (the old one) in '78 .... Oliver (son who lived in Lewis Hall as a freshman and still as a sophomore) just looks at me weird .... he just can't imagine .... nice work SCB !

Wish I could be a student now!

With our extensive experience in the design of student housing, Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.

Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies.

Fostering Privacy & Community
It's a balancing act. On one side the majority of freshmen coming to campus have never shared a bedroom. They want to choose how and when they socialize. On the other side, university and college officials know a sense of community must exist for students to succeed.

Our design solutions provide a balance. Student rooms feature private sleeping and study areas coupled with community eating and socializing spaces. To continue to foster a sense of community, each residence hall features kitchens, lounges and study spaces.

To learn more about our student housing designs click here: www.scbarchitects.com/category/projects/student-housing/
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4 days ago

With our extensive experience in the design of student housing,  Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.  Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies.  Fostering Privacy & Community
Its a balancing act. On one side the majority of freshmen coming to campus have never shared a bedroom. They want to choose how and when they socialize. On the other side, university and college officials know a sense of community must exist for students to succeed.  Our design solutions provide a balance. Student rooms feature private sleeping and study areas coupled with community eating and socializing spaces. To continue to foster a sense of community, each residence hall features kitchens, lounges and study spaces.  To learn more about our student housing designs click here: https://www.scbarchitects.com/category/projects/student-housing/

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