The Programming Phase defined the project scope and budget for the architectural design work. This phase included robust community outreach, with the project team meeting with various stakeholders to obtain input. Key constituencies that provided input included students-at-large at various campus events, campus student leadership, The Hive, Student Deans and their staff, and general community input. From our student engagement, the following themes emerged: 1) unmet desire for strengthened consortial experience, 2) intersectional experience of spiritual life and affinity groups and student identity, 3) shared space that is “neutral ground” and easy to access, informal and restorative, and 4) space to study, socialize, and engage that is less formal and more tactile in nature.
Through the Programming Phase, almost 1,500 students, faculty, and staff have shared input on this project. Through these interactions, the team confirmed how students use student services and spaces and what areas need improvement. This input helped the team to understand all of these dynamics and diverse needs and then tailor plans to fit the needs and expectations of the campus community.