In an area of D.C. in which brutalist architecture reigns supreme, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) wanted to differentiate itself through creating a student center that enhanced its identity while engaging students with enriching experiences outside the classroom. The result is an 83,000 sf building that serves as a gateway to campus and helps break down the “town/gown divide.”
Featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Architecture DC, the UDC Student Center is establishing the university as a national model of sustainability while raising the school’s profile as a selective four-year university. Designed by CannonDesign in association with Marshall Moya Design, the building is set to become the first LEED Platinum student union on the east coast.
Located on a busy intersection on the edge of campus, the building features a clock tower that helps identify it as a civic place within the city’s fabric. Sustainable design features woven throughout the building include a 14,000 sf green roof, photovoltaic panels, a rain garden and a water treatment system.
More information about the building design and impact on the surrounding community can be found here for reference.