The new Center for Student Life at Augustana College is finally complete! The grand open was held on September 14th. This was a 21 million dollar project that took 18 months to complete. I was contacted by the college to photograph the new building and library edition in order to help Augi promote this exciting time to new and incoming students.
The Center for Student Life was designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards. What exactly does that mean? The design and construction teams have worked together to incorporate appropriate elements, including design elements, construction methods and materials - across a variety of categories. Each initiative is given a point value, and the cumulative total of all points must be of a certain level to achieve certification. For example there is a minimum of 20% recycled material, 20% of the building materials were obtained within a 500 mile radius of the project, the wood used was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, just to name a few.
The students seemed to be as excited about the center as the staff. All day long the building was buzzing with students eating, studying, working on group projects, and we even saw some classes being held in a few of the common areas. One of the main goals while making these images was to make sure we include students in the images. It is becoming extremely common in architectural photography to include people in the images because it ads life and scale to the buildings. A collection of images would look dull, boring, and a bit odd if there were no students in a place called "Center for Student Life". We had a great time shooting and I want to thank the Augustana staff for being so accommodating to us.