Oregon State University


Student Center Detailed Programming, Business Planning, Design Review, And Program Updates

In 2008 B&D was selected by Oregon State University to review its campus life facilities and assess whether to move forward with a student referendum for a series of projects. One of these projects was a renovation and expansion to the Memorial Union, which would provide space for new student programs. In 2009 we helped lead a series of programming charrettes to better understand what additional program elements could enhance the original concept and be supported by the students. We developed four concept options and layouts, with success ratings for each plan. Based on these efforts, OSU’s students passed a referendum in the spring of 2010 to construct a Student Experience Center housing various programs and services. Later that year, we were retained to develop a detailed program to outline the specific programmatic needs, design character, and quality of the future Center. In addition, we assisted with business planning and schematic design reviews. Once built, the Student Experience Center will support the university’s mission and strategic plan while complementing other quality-of-life campus facilities. It will also support the Memorial Union by serving as a resource and nexus of programming for student-focused events and engagement. We returned to campus in 2012 to revisit components of the Memorial Union’s and Student Experience Center’s proposed detailed programs, due to changes in the project’s budget and timeline and their relation to the proposed renovations. We provided the university with both retail and food concepts that would increase revenue while providing convenience and gathering space for the student community. Additionally, a larger number of meeting spaces was realized through our recommended repurposing of spaces in the Center and the Union. In 2014 the $11.1 million Memorial Union renovation was completed. The following summer, the $33 million Student Experience Center was built.


Plans are flying for the Student Experience Center — Oregon State University’s new student activities building — a space that will house the student-run organizations now in Snell Hall.