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The elegant interior of the new Sonoma State University student center features 11 eateries, study space, and retail outlets.

Student Chill Space in Sonoma

Sonoma State University students will have a new student center this spring semester, featuring 11 eateries (including a cafeteria, pub and high-end restaurant), study space, and retail outlets.

School administrators anticipate that the 130,000-square-foot, three-story center will be the new hub of student life on the Rohnert Park, Calif., campus.

Hornberger and Worstell Architects designed the center and Sundt Construction Inc. completed the new $54 million center facility in the fall of 2013. The design features a three-story interior staircase visible from the outside through expansive glass walls, complements the look of the adjacent Student Recreation Center, with liberal use of glass, stucco and metal panels. 

It centralizes several amenities and services for students, including dining, studying, shopping, student government, alumni relations and more. The building has 11 kitchens that support a number of eateries ranging from a cafeteria, multiple food kiosks, a pub and a high-end restaurant.

In an effort to meet the university’s sustainability goals, the student ct isenter incorporates a number of green features, such as a high-efficiency HVAC system, ample daylighting and a passive system for smoke control and air movement that uses louvers instead of fans.

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