St. John’s University

Queens,

University Center / Academic Center — Meeting/event Space Demand Assessment

B&D was contracted by Hillier Architecture in 2006 to assist in confirming the student-centered activity space program requirements for St. John’s University’s new University Center / Academic Center, which was in the process of being developed. The university’s student life office provided data on existing student organizations and programming, and we projected potential demand for meeting rooms and large-event space. This “right-sizing” exercise ensured that the new University Center / Academic Center would be configured to maximize services and spaces for organized student activities as well as informal, unstructured usage by small groups or even individual students. The 127,000 SF, $77 million D’Angelo Center opened in the fall of 2009. It includes 14 classrooms, plus a café, recreation and entertainment space, student organization offices, and meeting/conference rooms. In 2012 the project earned an American School & University magazine Outstanding Design award.