Hunter College is a primarily non-residential urban campus currently without a student center. As student enrollment has grown, many student spaces have been converted to spaces for instruction. With very few spaces remaining for students to interact outside the classroom, forming connections and establishing an institutional identity at Hunter College is unnecessarily challenging. To begin to address these challenges, 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 who initiated the project with a $250,000- donation toward the project’s $3,500,000 renovation budget. To help inform student decisions, we worked with the Dean of Students to coordinate visits to similar spaces at nearby colleges.
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.
Student Union renovations will begin in early 2018. 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.
Hunter College of the City University of New York
project square footage
scope of services
• programming and planning
• architectural, graphic and lighting design
• LEED certification