The Holland Centennial Commons (HCC) is the intellectual, academic, and social hub of Dixie State University. Centrally located in the heart of Dixie's historic Encampment Mall, this signature building houses the library, classrooms, academic offices, student services, and business services. The HCC is the keystone of Dixie State's overall campus growth and is described as a "student success center." At 170,000 square feet in five stories, the Centennial Commons provides the much needed space Dixie requires to fulfill its mission of student centered learning. Considered a top priority by Dixie administrators and the Utah State Board of Regents, the HCC is the largest state appropriation for the institution in its near 100-year history. The HCC is highly functional and symbolizes Dixie State's emergence as a four year academic college—a significant milestone on its trajectory toward becoming a regional state university.
A modern, technology-enriched library is the HCC's largest program element. At its heart is a digital commons. Visible and readily accessible from the entrance foyer, the commons is highly collaborative and socially stimulating. A monumental cascading staircase with views over the campus mall and to the peaks of Zion National Park in the distance circulates upward, allowing library users access to the increasingly quiet book stacks and private study areas.
Integrated at the top of the library space is the English Department. It includes flexible classrooms that facilitate innovative teaching and learning techniques as well as a variety of group and individual study spaces, areas suited to computer-based learning, a writing center, and tutoring services.
The HCC places all student services in a one-stop location at the lower entry level, including registration, financial aid, advising, and counseling. The split level design connects major functions with multi-story lobbies and ensures the building's arrangement is clear to visitors.
The building design responds to the region's geography and relatively harsh desert climate. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the design team carefully considered a climate-appropriate material palette reflective of the building's surroundings. Exterior shading devices introduce and regulate natural light. Calculated distribution of building openings depends on the building's orientation, maximizing daylighting conditions.
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