Smith Union Campus Center, Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

Located at a pivotal point in the campus plan, the new student union responds to an emerging post-fraternal social life and re-examines the social dynamics of the college community. The solution brings together programs from the entire campus in a dynamic and playful re-imagining of an historic athletic building. Teamed with HHPA of New York, we merged our intellectual resources to define a flexible gathering space for the entire campus population. The interior reads as an inventive installation that appears to float within the building shell. Organized by a spiral ramp to circulate between floors, the new campus center celebrates its historic architectural backdrop. The project was cited with a national AIA Honor Award for Interiors.

Completion
: 1995

Size: 44,000 SF

Special Features: 
1996 National American Institute of Architects, Honor Award for Interiors

Achieved equivalency ratings with State Fire Marshal to maintain historic integrity of the building.

Public gathering areas include the café, pub, gameroom, mailroom, campus services, college store, club offices and performance areas.

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