Envisioned as an architecturally dynamic and expressive building, this student center functions as the heart of the UNCA campus both geographically and socially. Containing space for the bookstore, administrative and student government offices, flexible meeting rooms, Café/food court, convenience store, art gallery, and post office the building is a very active center of student life. Careful placement of exterior and interior glazing and skylights provides extensive natural light to the majority of interior spaces, frames views of the surrounding mountains, and communicates the level of activity contained by the exterior shell. Dividing the program space between three levels, the building provides needed vertical circulation from the adjacent residence halls to the academic core to the north of the building site. A north to south circulation spine defined by poured in place concrete walls emphasizes this movement and provides much needed organization of the 74,000 sf of interior space. In order to address construction waste in line with the sustainable efforts of our firm and to coordinate with growing interest on campus regarding sustainability measures, a construction management plan was established to minimize the extent of construction waste landfilled.
Addition and renovation of existing 1970’s building to accommodate growing student population and increased programmatic needs. Functioning as the heart of student life on campus, the 80,000 sf building contains a game room, bookstore, food court, convenience store, student offices, administrative offices, meeting rooms, student newspaper, art gallery, and student lounges. The project also involved construction of temporary space in an adjacent building to accommodate critical functions during the construction period.
A construction waste management plan was in place for collection, transportation, and disposal of the waste generated at the construction site to reduce the amount of material being landfilled.