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An Inside Look: the New Campus Life Center

By Lydia O'Neal | Emory Wheel

“If I had to describe the new building, I’d say it’s an extrovert,” Turan Duda said.

Duda is a design partner at Duda Paine Architects, the firm that — along with its partner MHTN Architects — beat out five other semifinalist firms to transform the west end of the Dobbs University Center (DUC): Dobbs Market, Emory Mail Services and Eagle’s Landing — by late 2018.

The plans for the new building, — which will be called the Campus Life Center (CLC) —will emphasize creating social, flexible places as well as overall sustainability. The CLC is awaiting approval by the Board of Trustees and Ways and Means Committee.

Early this year, a separate construction firm recommended that the University demolish the DUC’s west end and construct an event space with room for 1,600 people. The feasibility study estimated that the project would cost $98 million while Director of the DUC Ben Perlman said construction costs — the prices of drywall, wood and other building materials — could reach a slightly less staggering $57 million.

The plan, the firm’s most popular design among students, consists of three small buildings in place of one large structure.

“Students don’t want a big box anymore,” Perlman said, cautioning that it’s still possible for the design to “evolve.”

Duda described this design as a set of three pavilions with “an enormous number of terraces” connected by a piazza beneath a canopy structure.

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