At the IIDA New England Interior Design Awards event last week, Sasaki took home top honors in the Education category for the Robert M. Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University.
University president Robert Smith—for whom the student center is named—was emphatic that the building be about the students first. Within a modest budget, the design team strategically used pricier finishes for an overall upscale feel, and accommodated large-footprint program requests with an innovative, flexible theater space.
"The students have completely embraced the building since the doors have opened," says Tracy Dupont, interior designer for the project. "And that is so rewarding!"
The new student union at Slippery Rock University creates a programmatic and visual hub for student life and community outreach. Centrally located between residential and academic areas of campus, the...