Allegheny College | Henderson Campus Center Renovation and Addition

Meadville, PA

The 66,000 SF renovation and addition to Henderson Campus Center at Allegheny College gave the social, dining and student activity spaces of the College an entirely new look. The renovation also reoriented circulation through the building to move students along a difficult two-story grade change and to put them on a path leading directly to the entrance of the Mellon Recreation Building across Highland Avenue.

On the first floor adjacent to a large atrium space, the McKinley Snack Bar was totally redesigned. It was enlarged to accommodate a new food court and to increase its seating capacity from 250 to 350. Modern booths and fixtures were incorporated in the design to reflect contemporary tastes. This hip interior now attracts students to pass through the building 4 or 5 times per day.

A Main Street concept was developed on the second and third floors cascading up through the building. Along the way to the Student Recreation Building, the student passes a coffee shop, bookstore, mailroom and gameroom on the second floor and student activities, offices, meeting rooms and other activity spaces on the third floor. Now, Allegheny College has an up-to-date campus center focusing on the activity needs of today’s students represents change from the dead-end building of the past to one that becomes a “meeting, greeting and learning space” for the campus community.

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