Cannon Design was presented with an ACUI Facility Design Awards of Excellence for its work on the Student Center at Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk Campus.
The Student Center was designed to be an icon for the campus, while responding to the urban fabric of downtown Norfolk’s commercial and historic districts. “The Norfolk campus is a 100% commuter-student population,” said Roland Lemke, Design Principal. “The Student Center creates not only a sense of home but it also offers students a sense of place.”
While student centers are uncommon for community colleges, TCC’s Student Center exceeded the college’s expectations in creating a student-friendly campus living room with social, recreational and service spaces. The facility also meets all programming requirements with group and private study rooms, and quiet and open lounge spaces on each of the five levels. Private areas are found along the building’s north face, while open lounges are organized along the north face of curving glass with swooping views of downtown.
“TCC’s students love this building,” said Mecca Marsh, Interim Dean of Student Services, (former director of Norfolk Student Center). “The innovative programming, out-of-classroom experiences and multi-cultural student interactions have contributed to the facility’s success. While the facility evolves with our students, I’m hoping we continue to exceed their expectations for years to come.”
The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Facility Design Awards recognize excellence in design of college unions and student-centered campus buildings. Entries are judged not only on the basis of the facilities’ appearance, but also on the process used to arrive at the design and how the new or renovated facility affected the campus. The award was present at ACUI’s Annual Conference.
Ballou Justice Upton Architects in association with Cannon Design.
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