PROJECTS by TYPE: EDUCATION: • COLLEGES + UNIVERSITIES: Berman's Student Center at Manhattanville College
The Berman Students' Center at Manhattanville College is the first major new academic building to be added to the College in over 40 years. Together with its new student activities quadrangle, it forms the gateway to the core of this 100-acre campus.
The 31,000 sf building was designed as a series of spaces for interdisciplinary activity, with places for performing arts, creative arts, student clubs, exercise and fitness. The main floor art gallery and student lounge, an extension of the quad, are flooded with natural light. All public spaces have views to the new quadrangle and the heart of the campus. All activity rooms have glass walls and vision panels that maximize views to and from these spaces.
The Student Center is an intelligent green building that has received Gold LEED Certification. Solar collectors generate 13% of the building's electricity and are visible from the new quadrangle, clearly indicating the presence of a “green” building in the landscape.