The Hamline community knows that the new Anderson Center has created a robust hub for campus life, but now there’s an award to prove it. The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) recently recognized the Anderson Center and its architects, Shepley Bulfinch, with a 2013 Facility Design Award of Excellence. The award was created to encourage excellence in the design of student-centered facilities that support campus community building and student learning. The ACUI chooses from the top projects submitted from around the world for this annual award. Entries were judged not only on the basis of the facilities’ appearance, but also on the process used to arrive at the design and how the new or renovated facility has impacted the campus. Other institutions recognized at the ACUI awards ceremony included Penn State, Louisiana State, and Boise State Universities.
The Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson Center was officially dedicated on October 5, 2012. Any day of the week you will see students, faculty, and staff members gathered for meals in the second floor campus dining area, reading in a cozy chair near the fireplace, enjoying a hot drink in the coffee shop, or hanging out in the open forum. The third floor is home to campus life offices and is where staff and student groups gather to brainstorm and plan their events and activities. If it's peace and calm they're looking for, community members can find calm in the meditation center or enjoy fresh air on the outdoor terrace.
Sustainability features are vital elements to the building, which was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards. Solar panels, high performance glass and lighting, a green roof, and recycled materials are just some of the green elements. These features work together to ensure the building is energy efficient whether it’s the depth of winter or the height of summer.