As a group comprised of different cultural and resource centers serving various constituencies, many of the university’s existing facilities’ solutions were fragmented and no longer viable for long-term homes for these functions. Their separate locations limited interconnections and optimization of shared amenities, and lacked flexibility for inclusion efforts toward an ever-widening diversification of their student body.
Through nearly two years of focus groups and stakeholder sessions, our design team developed a robust Master Plan that demonstrated the feasibility of a centralized and academically-focused 45,000 square-foot inclusion center. Two sites on campus were explored with conceptual design efforts and both recommended as useable options.
From separate, distributed, and constrained, to co-located, centralized, and flexible, the plan brings their facilities into alignment with the mission and vision of DDI: to create and sustain a welcoming campus where all students can excel.