Sharon McGavick Student Center
Client: Clover Park Technical College
Size: 48,000 sf
Location: Lakewood, WA
The new Student Center is designed to become the iconic entry to the Lakewood campus. While some of the forms and materials borrow from the existing campus context, the Student Center is a unique building to distinguish it from the surrounding academic facilities. The building provides three main functions: Academic, Student Amenities and Assembly. The Academic programs include retail spaces that support the academic curriculum and are run by students. Student Amenities include the bookstore and student government, and social areas. The main Assembly room was a joint venture between the College and the City of Lakewood and includes food service and seating for 1200. These program groups are arranged into three building blocks created by the facility’s two main pedestrian pathways and highlighted by differentiated surface materials. The project has become a new social hub for the College and the community.