Design - Student Center Case Study and Analysis (Complete)

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Table of Contents

Definition………………………………………………………………………………………………2 Design Parameters………………………………………………………………………………………………3 Design Strategies………………………………………………………………………………………………4 Case Studies of a Student Center

Foreign………………………………………………………………………………………………5
Local………………………………………………………………………………………………18 Site Analysis………………………………………………………………………………………………24 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………………………27 Space Programming………………………………………………………………………………………………28 Space Inter-Relationship Matrix………………………………………………………………………………………………33 Bubble Diagram………………………………………………………………………………………………34

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Definition

A Student Center

A student activity center (SAC) is a type of building found on university campuses. In the United States, such a building is more often called a student union, student commons, or student center. The term "student union" in the USA refers to the building, while internationally, students' union means the student government. Broadly speaking, the facility is devoted to student recreation and socialization. It may contain lounges, wellness centers, dining facilities or vendors, and entertainment venues. The student activity center is often the center of student affairs and activities and may house the offices of the student government or other student groups. It may also act as a small conference center, with its meeting rooms rented out to student groups and local organizations holding conferences or competitions (for instance, the Michigan Union hosts the University of Michigan Model United Nations conference). 

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Design Parameters

* Since the site is overlooking a river and surrounded by a wonderful environment, I considered wider ventilations to appreciate the surroundings more.

* However, my design is limited by only using eco-friendly materials, such as wood, regular cedar or stone, and less of steel or metal cladding, to fully respect the setting and produce a much more effective design concept.

* Glass is almost widely used for windows or hallways.

* Promenades are open, and plant boxes are used
as partitions.

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Design Strategies

* Rooms have a lot of high windows for good ventilation, also for much appreciation for the environment. * Earth tones are used as colour tones.
* Most rooms are accessible from the lobby.
* Retail shops are near each other, to avoid confusion of the customers. * The two function rooms are situated beside each other, for easier accessibility when needed promptly. * Organization rooms are in one building.

* Office for student affairs is near the org. rooms, but is also easy to access from the lobby. * Multi-purpose hall is also situated near the org. rooms. * Driveways and promenades are partitioned by plant boxes, to prioritize also the surroundings more. * Scenery, plants and trees are the main “features” of this concept, which is why numbers of big windows are situated in most rooms and corridors. * Building structure is very environmental-friendly.

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Case Studies of a Student Center

Foreign

Case Study - James Eardly Student Center
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