Damen Student Center
About the Building
The Damen Student Center opened on April 3, 2013. It replaced the Centennial Forum Student Union as the center of student activities. It includes a food court, dining hall, spirit shop, the United Student Government Associaton office, a dozen student lounges, movie theater, climbing wall, sports' lounge, video game center, and more.
Built on the site of the old Alumni Gym, the Damen Student Center has more than 100,000 square feet of usable space. How big is that? Big enough to hold more than 40 average-sized U.S. homes or 21 NCAA basketball courts.
The Damen Student Center is designed to be LEED Silver-certified to conserve energy and be as environmentally friendly as possible. During Construction, 75% of waste was diverted from land fills, and 20% of all materials used came from recylced content. In addition, 10% of materials were processed and manufactured regionally.
High-efficiency fixtures help the center reduce its water use by up to 30 percent. Half of the roof is devoted to green space to provide insulation and absorb rain. An 80-foot by 40-foot skylight helps brighten the center and drive down lighting costs. Also, natural ventilation throughout the center keeps air-conditioning use to a minimum. The building features stormwater quality and quantity control measures.