Gonzaga University Student Center Design Competition

Gonzaga University invited national student union experts to propose and participate in a design competition for the school’s new student center. MHTN’s student life specialists envisioned a design solution that addressed campus identity, sustainability and functionality, while heightening each student’s awareness of their holistic connection to the greater world at large.

This conceptual proposal features a sculptural chapel at entry, as a reminder of the unity of heart, mind, and soul. A multi-level atrium connects all parts of the union to a whole, allowing students to see and be seen from all programs. A lower-level dining experience is punctuated by a living wall of green plantings and a large opening to the main level student lounge. The design also displays a large expanse of curtainwall to fuse together the indoor/outdoor experience. This creates social connectedness and a continuous view to intramural fields and the larger campus context.

SERVICES: Architecture and Interiors Schematic Design, Conceptual Program Translation, Cost Estimating, Design Competition Package

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