Anchored by a 900-seat street-market style dining hall offering freshly prepared food in nine specialty dining stations, the new Center for Community at CU-Boulder opened for students in August 2010.
The central dining hall is the hub of the 183,000-square-foot student center, which brings together 12 student support offices that had been scattered in buildings and dorms throughout the campus. The offices include Career Services, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of International Education, and the Office of Victim Assistance.
No tax dollars or tuition were used for the construction of the $84.4 million building, and there was no net increase in room and board rates because the student services offices in residence halls will be converted back to housing for students.
The Center for Community was designed and built to have a minimum carbon footprint. Compared with similar-sized buildings, the new center will be 20 to 25 percent more energy and water efficient. It also was built with the goal of receiving at least a LEED Gold Certification, which it is on track to achieve.
“While the Center for Community will be used by thousands of students every week for vital student services, it also is designed as a place where they can come together to eat and socialize in a comfortable setting that highlights a wealth of cultures,” said Julie Wong, vice chancellor for student affairs.