Last week, the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons (HCC) at Dixie State College of Utah was officially dedicated to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a 1963 graduate of Dixie College. The HCC, which opened in June, is quickly becoming the intellectual, academic, and social hub of the campus. In his speech at the ceremony, Jeffrey Holland called the commons building a place for students with "uncommon hope."
The HCC was designed by Sasaki in collaboration with Salt Lake City's VCBO Architecture. "The building is a very innovative combination of library, student services, and academic spaces—all linked together with a dramatic staircase that floats within a four-story-high main atrium overlooking the campus," says Bryan Irwin, principal in charge of the project. In addition to the campus library, the college's English department, business services, and IT departments, the HCC also features two food service venues and an interactive touchscreen wayfinding system. The spacious structure is filled with natural light and features bold interior elements and warm accents. It is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
"Friday's dedication was a bittersweet event," says Bryan. "We had such a great collaboration with the college, our partner architects VCBO, and the general contractor, Jacobsen Construction, that President Nadauld joked he was sad to see it come to an end."
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