P R O J E C T
I N F O R M A T I O N
College Student Center
Location: Reading, PA
Square Feet: N/A
Date Completed: 1999
The design and
construction of the student campus center is the first step
in realizing the Campus Master Plan Study completed in 1996.
The layout of the building
takes advantage of the campus views of the nearby rolling
countryside by opening the large dining room to the views
and an expansive patio through a large curving glass wall.
The building's program includes a 250 seat dining commons',
student bookstore, campus services center, "Crusader Cafe",
lounge, recreation center, student affairs offices, student
activities offices, four seminar rooms, and campus security
The building's spaces are
organized around a central spine that functions as an
interior street linking the campus entrance and residential
and academic buildings beyond. Two glass stair towers anchor
this spine and invite building users to linger to enjoy the
view or read a book. The towers also respond architecturally
to a tower in an older italianate building on campus.