Carthage College sits on the windswept western shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Like the waves, its campus has an ebb and flow as students move through in a steady stream. But at one place, a crossroads, they avoided an aging and vacant 1970s building. By transforming this legacy into a dynamic student union, we created a place where students can now go and find more than they ever expected.
The use of the building changes throughout the day as students come and go. We designed the space to stay animated 24/7 in support of this flow. For example, the direct view of the athletic fields from the campus bookstore and the view between the dining area and the residential district keep students connected to the activities on campus, as well as their home base.
A 200-seat theatre with state-of-the-art surround sound hosts first-run movies, performances, and student presentations at various times of the day and night. During slow times, aircraft hangar-style overhead doors with red resin panels allow for a sequential shutdown of retail venues. The Main Street corridor creates a streetscape of retail venues next to the main seating area where students can meet, shop, see, and be seen on their schedule.
What People Are Saying
“Just Dance 4 Tournament tonight 9:30pm in the Campbell Student Union! #dance #funtimes #cabevent”Carthage Events @cabenevents - Oct 15
“Hey Carthage! Come on by the Campbell Student Union to hear President Woodward talk about where Carthage is headed!”Carthage DOS @carthageDOS - Nov 8
“Stop by the union before 1 p.m. for some free cider and cookies!”Carthage College @carthagecollege - Dec 6
“Boy band karaoke is tonight at 930 in the Campbell Student Union Theater. Come dressed like a boy band and relive to the 90’s #carthagecabevents”Carthage Events @cabenevents - Nov 5
“Who wants to win a brand new PS4 controller? Win it tonight at 6pm in the Union! we’ll be playing super smash bros and mario kart! #cabevent”Carthage Events @cabenevents - Jan 24
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