Springfield College

Springfield,

Campus Union Programming

In 2004, Springfield College engaged B&D to generate a conceptual program for a new campus union. The programming task was in response to campus master plan concepts which envisioned a new facility for student activities and programs that would serve as the center of campus. At the time of our study, those events were located in two buildings: Woods Hall and the Beveridge Center. Woods contained the campus bookstore, the post office, a café, and a performing arts component. Beveridge held the student program offices, lounges, and meeting spaces. Both buildings were under-utilized, and the master plan suggested the demolition of Woods and the renovation of the Beveridge Center, replacing the space with a singular campus union concept. The proposed program had to resolve necessary campus union elements with adequate space and efficient adjacencies. Our methodology included detailed interviews with key administrators, a review of current floor plans, facility tours, and working group sessions with the campus union steering committee. Our resulting program document became the basis for the campus union concept. The design incorporated student activity spaces and offices; lounges and gathering areas; flexible meeting room spaces; a retail dining area with a nearby convenience store; and a bookstore. Every space in the proposed building would be new, and would be developed in conjunction with the demolition of Woods and the major renovation of Beveridge. The 50,000 SF, $16.7 million Richard B. Flynn Campus Union opened in 2009.