With very few spaces for students to interact outside the classroom, forming connections and establishing an institutional identity is unnecessarily challenging at Hunter College. To begin to address this challenge, Student Union renovations will create new spaces for students to eat, meet, study and play together.
Programming for the Student Union was developed collaboratively in workshops with student leaders. Subsequent field trips to similar spaces at other colleges helped inform decisions.
The Student Union will be prominently located at the culmination of the primary campus circulation axis. Graduate and undergraduate student government offices will be consolidated. Student club space on adjacent floors will be coordinated through the new Office of Student Activities. Facilities run by the student government for printing and computing will be open 24-hours. At the heart of the Student Union will be a 3,000sf game room with cabaret space, pool tables, ping-pong, foosball and large screen multiplayer computer games.
The undergraduate student government has donated $250,000- toward the project’s $1,500,000 renovation budget. Student Union renovations will begin in early 2016. The project will rejuvenate one of the few architecturally distinguished interior spaces on campus and serve as a catalyst to secure funding for the remaining six floors of interior renovation.
project academic interior renovation location New York, NY size 7,500 sf client CUNY Hunter College scope of services programming, architectural design, graphic design, lighting design, LEED certification completion 2008 (pre-design)
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