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Center for Student Life

After careful study by a campus task force and the Board of Trustees, Augustana is considering constructing a multimillion-dollar expansion of the Thomas Tredway Library to transform the building into a new Center for Student Life. Our 21-year-old centerpiece of academic life will be re-energized, with the addition of 35,000 square feet and two new functions - dining and student activities. Student surveys, campus master planning data, and peer institution studies point to an overwhelming need for additional student community and program space at Augustana (note: 280 student programs are scheduled for the 2011-12 school year). The idea for the multi-function Center for Student Life began to take shape when the college also identified the need to update and increase capacity in dining services and determined the library could utilize a smaller footprint by converting to condensed shelving for their collection. Already a popular hangout and hub of academic activity, the library was recognized as the ideal place to locate additional critical student services.

Strategically located between up-campus residential life and down-campus academic buildings, the Center for Student Life will bridge the gap between study and leisure by providing traditional library services and a comfortable place for students to gather for a variety of academic and social activities. The Center will house library functions, academic support services, student activity programming, and a contemporary, consolidated dining service. The innovative, student-friendly design will create new and renovated areas-offering increased availability for solo and group study, venues for activities both large and small, instructional spaces, dedicated meeting rooms for student organizations, and casual spots to hang out or meet with faculty and friends outside of class.