By Vince Frieden
Associate Director, Editorial Services
Just over two years after the Armstrong Student Center opened its doors, construction has commenced on the East Wing continuation that will bring the Center’s original vision to completion.
The East Wing project includes renovating the former Culler Hall and connecting it to the current Armstrong Student Center via an impressive atrium that will serve as a major campus thoroughfare. The project is a key element of an ongoing revitalization along the Spring Street edge of Miami’s main academic quad, which focuses on updating academic spaces and centralizing student services.
Key East Wing features include:
- The relocation of Miami Career Services to the heart of campus, making it highly visible and accessible as it increasingly becomes a central component of each student’s four-year experience.
- The new Joslin Student Senate Chamber, which will host Miami’s Associated Student Government and other student groups and events.
- The addition of eight heavily in-demand large-group meeting rooms to host student organization meetings , academic lectures and other campus activities and events.
- The creation of gathering spaces, including the Café Lux coffee shop, the Red Zone sports grill and game room concept, and informal lounges that bring students together outside of class.
The student-led Armstrong Student Center Board formally introduced the East Wing to students, alumni, faculty and staff via a Feb. 18 kickoff event.
“In just its first two years, the Armstrong Student Center has hosted over 3,000 events, become home to almost 90 student organizations, and served 6,000 meals per day,” said Lizzy Goodman, a member of Armstrong Student Center board member. “The East Wing continuation adds more spaces and resources that serve the campus community and enhance the Center’s ability to truly encompass the Miami Experience. It is a visible symbol of Miami’s commitment and the commitment of its alumni and friends to the student experience.”
Part of the original 2009 Armstrong Student Center plans, construction on the East Wing was delayed to accommodate the renovations of neighboring Kreger and Shideler Halls, which required the use of Culler Hall. The delay also allowed time for additional student input into the East Wing’s features.
The East Wing creates new opportunities for Miami alumni and friends to leave a named legacy within the Armstrong Student Center. While full details are still in development, general name placement opportunities begin at $250. Additionally, the continuation offers a variety of major gift opportunities for naming the East Wing’s spaces.
To learn more about supporting the East Wing, contact Susie Brower Sadler '84, senior director of development for the Armstrong Student Center, at 513-529-9217 or sadlers@MiamiOH.edu.