New University Commons Presentation Invites Community Feedback

On December 7 at 5:00 p.m., the architects behind the design for the new University Commons will hold a presentation and take questions on the plans for the center in Norris Center’s McCormick Auditorium.

The presentation will include a video “fly through” of the model, allowing the audience to get a more detailed look at what the inside of University Commons will look like. Ennead Architects will also walk through each level’s floor plan.

After the presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to give feedback through a Q&A session with the architects and Jeremy Schenk, the Executive Director of the Norris Center . Tomas Rossant, partner at Ennead Architects, will be available along with associate partners Francelle Lim and Brian Masuda and architect Peter Broughton.

The design process reflects the spirit of the new building. Rather than calling it a “student center,” the intentionally named University Commons is meant to be a collaborative space meant for all members of the Northwestern community. The initial design process spanned eighteen months with feedback from approximately 5,500 students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Now, take this opportunity to come and voice any opinions on University Common’s expanded color palette, internal spaces, and more. Get a glimpse of what the future looks like.

Additional sessions are already planned for winter quarter as planning and designing move along. Look forward to getting constant updates and details on University Commons’ progress, and stay updated on the implementation process.