Ohio Dominican University

Columbus,

Student Center Programming

In 2007 B&D and Moody Nolan were engaged by Ohio Dominican University to plan a new student center in response to its strategic plan and enrollment goals. This center was to be located adjacent to Alumni Hall to centralize student life and recreation facilities and create a gateway to the campus—the ‘living room’ of the campus. It was also considered to serve as a great recruitment and retention tool. We conducted an analysis to determine appropriate programs for the new facility. Then our work entailed a strategic visioning session, student focus groups, a demographic analysis, and a program of architectural requirements. The new 82,000 SF, $14.3 million Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center opened in 2009 with athletic, fitness, dining, lounge, and office spaces. It achieved LEED Gold certification in 2010 and a Learning by Design magazine award that same year.