Eating will not be limited to a designated area, as everyone will be able to take food wherever they want, including the Kiva, an informal auditorium space with stepped seating similar to the outdoor amphitheater. Sam Klaskow, Director of the Academic Success Center (ASC), is most excited about this space.
“I think there is a lot of potential for workshops and having small gatherings of students,” she said.
Klaskow already has ideas for the types of workshops the ASC could provide students in the space. She said the Kiva’s proximity to the food court will make it easier for students to drop in on workshops or events they may not have known about but could benefit from attending. Currently, workshops take place on the fourth and fifth floor of the Campus Center, so there’s little chance students would “stumble upon” them, Klaskow said.
“I think that a lot of the areas there have that potential because it is so open, and even the meeting rooms that are closed off, they have glass windows, so students can see inside and see what’s going on, so it could pique that interest,” she said.
With floor-to-ceiling windows in the Kiva and the same type of ceiling treatment inside as the underside of the cantilever outside, it feels as if the space continues to the outside.
The building design promotes connections from indoors to outdoors in the same way it removes barriers for connecting inside, Asperger said.
“These vast areas of having this wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass treatments where at night, essentially the glass disappears and you’ll just feel like you’re outside,” he said. “That occurs in several spaces throughout the building.”
While the Kiva is considered one anchor of the building, the formal 200-seat auditorium theater anchors the other end of the building. It features a direct-LED display that can be viewed without covering the windows. It can be used with a single display or create screens of different dimensions for multiple sources.
McMahan described it as a “mini-IMAX” theater.
The first floor also houses a 15,000-square-foot maker’s space, which will feature 3D printers, design stations, electric soldering stations, and other machinery and tools.
On nice days, people can enjoy the third floor’s 1,600-square-feet of rooftop spaces for studying, eating or taking in some sunshine. Three other rooftop areas visible from the inside are topped with a vegetative roof system that will require little maintenance but offer a better view than a plain roof.
Other building features include a digital library; a cantilever conference room; a meditation room; and a fourth-floor suite for speakers, visiting professors and other University guests to stay, allowing them more time to interact with students as they utilize other areas of the building. The building also includes about a dozen d.spaces, each color-coded for size, capacity and function.
Klaskow said having more d.spaces available could keep students on campus longer. The availability of additional d.spaces will appeal to students whose project-based studies require working collaboratively with classmates.
All common areas will be different, with no two areas furnished the same way, becoming less formal as you move up.