Student Activities Center Renovation & Addition

University of Louisville
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Student Activities Center, University of Louisville

Exterior view of the transformed Student Activities Center

With Hastings + Chivetta


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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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Congrats to Vivian Perry, the deputy executive director of the Kingston Housing Authority, for winning the Sherman Carter Barnhart Amazon card at the SERC-NAHRO Annual Conference!

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The Collaborative Learning Center project, a central part of that campaign, has ignited a passion for creating new collaborations on campus. The building offers design and spaces where 21st Century Education principles can thrive.

The more than 50,000-square-foot building will house the Howard and Beverly Dayton School of Business and the School of Science, Health & Mathematics. The facility will include labs and classrooms, conference rooms, a sales training center, an entrepreneurial group work room, faculty offices, an atrium and auditorium and more.

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