The Wright State University Student Enrollment Center consolidates two related yet distinct functions: a welcome and orientation center for new students and their families, and an advising center for currently enrolled students. While each center required distinct entries, spaces and amenities, certain functions such as conference, meeting rooms and reception areas are to be shared. Additionally, the University desired that the Student Enrollment Center be seen as a single environment that would enhance Wright State University’s brand, creating a unique and inviting space. As the project is located on the first floor of an existing building near the main entrance to the campus, the center informs the visitors’ first impression of the University.
The architecture of the Student Enrollment Center seeks to capitalize on the functional demands of the program while creating a distinct gateway to the campus. A bamboo-clad canopy extends into the main lobby of the building and seamlessly folds into the centers' shared reception area. This element continues through the space, enveloping and unifying all of the shared spaces within the program. Inflections in the bamboo surface not only allow for seating, but expand views between spaces. The zone of shared space is flanked by lounge and waiting areas dedicated to each function. To further unify the atmosphere while maintaining spatial delineation, a white ceiling lattice weaves through the space connecting all of the public spaces, lounges, and circulation routes through the interior.
Through the articulation and deployment of a clear project-specific architectural language, the Student Enrollment Center aims to present a new face for Wright State University that is at once innovative, visually striking, and welcoming to all.