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Dordt College Campus Center among top academic designs

September 16, 2004

American School & University’s 14th annual Educational Interiors Showcase named the Dordt College Campus Center as one of six colleges with the best student centers/service areas designs in its August 2004 issue.

The 2004 Educational Interiors Showcase features a collection of school interior designs from nearly 100 assorted projects in 14 categories ranging from administrative areas to auditoriums, classrooms and residence halls. Campus Center

A jury of three architects evaluated educational facility interior design projects based on everything from the design’s performance and sustainability to comfort, adaptability, and timelessness.

The Dordt College Campus Center was designed by Neumann Monson Wictor Architects and was completed in July, 2002. Judges commenting on the 104,000 square feet campus center said it truly provides a place for campus interaction. They added:

“The four-story multiuse building collectively houses the business, assembly and entertainment functions of the college, including recreation rooms with bowling lanes, a snack and a coffee shop, a bookstore, an art gallery, lounges, the campus post office, student services, the Business Department Learning Center and a variety of academic office suites. The building entrance focal point is a three-story rift oak-paneled staircase providing easy access to all levels of the building.

“The large trussed, glassed atrium is a light-filled volume of space with flexible furnishings, a portable performance stage, and a multimedia projection and sound system. Overlooks and large framed openings connect the building core areas to outer campus views. Beneath the second-floor art gallery, natural light enters through skylights and the gallery’s glass brick floor.

“Converging passageways link a renovated campus library with informal lounge areas created for multiple gathering functions and fireside study. Abundant natural light, materials of rift red oak, soft textures and colorful surfaces create a welcoming place for interactive campus life.”

Two other Iowa institutions also had projects named to this year’s Educational Interiors Showcase: University of Iowa’s Currier Residence Hall dining area renovation and University of Dubuque’s Charles C. Myers Library.

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