Mori Hosseini Student Union | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach
Aerial view of Student Union at campus entry drive illustrating graceful forms inspired by flight
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Student Union sits at head of campus quadrangle
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Eastern elevation
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Western elevation at Legacy Walk
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Aerial view from north
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Four-story Great Lounge
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Flight Deck Overlook with Great Lounge below
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Great Lounge skylight above and amphitheater seating at levels 2 and 3
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Dining Commons
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University Library at top floor of Student Union
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View from third floor gallery looking west
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
View from north look to Event Center entrance
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Outdoor dining
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Student Union Design Concept
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Site Plan
Drawing © ikon.5 architects
First Floor Plan
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Second Floor Plan
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Third Floor Plan
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Fourth Floor Plan
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Section through Quad
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Sustainability Diagram
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Architects
ikon.5 architects
Location
Daytona Beach
Year
2018
Cost
1M - 100M
Stories
1-5 Stories
Client
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Structural Engineer
Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer
OCI Engineers
Civil Engineer
Parker Mynchenberg & Associates
Landscape Architect
Prosser
General Contractor
Barton Malow Company

Inspired by the gracefulness of birds in flight, the student union building at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an expression of its mission to teach the science, practice and business of aviation and aerospace. Located at the front door to the campus, the building’s gently-soaring form expressing flight creates an iconic identity for the University and embodies its student’s values of fearlessness, adventure and discovery.

Internally, the student union building is an aeronautical athenaeum combining social learning spaces, events, dining and the University library. A soaring, triple-height commons anchors and integrates the collaborative social and learning interiors. Wrapping this space and open to it are lounges, dining venues, group study rooms, clubs and organizations, career services and the University library as well as an event center, creating a virtual “city within a city”. The 177,000-square-foot facility houses student lounge spaces, a dining commons and food court on the first floor. Also on the first floor is an events center that can accommodate up to 900 people and is divisible into six separate salons. The upper floors contain offices for student clubs and organizations, classrooms, computer labs and group study rooms. The top floor houses the University library which is set beneath a dynamic 200-foot arching skylight and opens the sky to the library. A roof terrace on the second floor allows students to gaze upon the adjacent runway of Daytona International Airport and beyond to rocket launches from Cape Canaveral.

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