CLC Project Goals

The revitalized Campus Life Center will enhance Emory's learning community by:

1.  Being welcoming to all students
2.  Providing inspiring dining
3.  Fostering collaboration
4.  Embracing large events and meetings
5.  Providing a “uniquely Emory” image and character

But what do these mean?


Welcoming to All Students

Q: What does “welcoming to all students” mean?
The CLC will prioritize the allocation of space, activities, and programs based on student perspectives and experiences. The facility will be inviting to all students, including first and second-year, upper-class, and graduate students. The design will reflect the core values and diverse identities of Emory’s student body, while being easy to navigate and instilling a sense of campus pride.

Q: How will the CLC be more inviting to upper-class and graduate students?
The CLC will provide more opportunities for student events, student leader collaboration, and dining experiences that will engage the entire Emory community – undergraduate, upper-class, and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff.

Q: How will the design reflect and value the identities that make up the student body?
The interior design of the CLC is informed by feedback from students on the University Center Board, the Food Advisory Committee at Emory, and student government councils. Spring semester 2018 will bring opportunities for the entire student body to engage in the interior design process, including furniture mock-ups and online surveys. Further community engagement is planned in the selection of art, recreation equipment, gaming technology, and other installations to reflect the Emory and greater Atlanta community.

Inspired Dining

Q: What does that mean?
The CLC will provide innovative morning-to-late-night residential and retail dining that values health and variety. It will unite the community through a common dining experience, with flexible and varied seating arrangements, sustainable operating practices, and respect for dietary needs and choices.

Q: Will there be a faculty dining room in the CLC?
Dining options and spaces in the CLC have been designed as inclusive spaces providing access to all members of our campus community. Those spaces include a large residential dining commons (with two reservable private dining rooms), a large coffee shop with outdoor patio, and an emporium that will offer a variety of convenience items as well as a quick-service retail dining venue. 

Foster Collaboration

Q: What does “foster collaboration” mean?
The CLC will co-locate Campus Life departments with student organization and lounge space for the students they serve. It will enable community members to share common resources and spaces and model collaborative and team-based methodologies.

Q: Will my student organization have private office space in the CLC?
The CLC design prioritizes student organization workspace in an “open office” style that all student organizations can use, instead of the small number of student organizations that could be served by private offices in the same space. Based on feedback from student organizational leaders in focus groups, there are no private student organization spaces in the CLC design. Many student leaders said they used their offices only for storage and would rather have space to do group work. The CLC design provides for more space for student organization storage than the DUC offered. The new facility is designed in a dynamic way that allows for different sizes and security levels for storage based on the needs of student organizations.

Q: What offices will be located in the CLC?
The plan currently is to locate the following offices in the CLC: Student Involvement, Leadership, and Transitions (SILT); Belonging and Community Engagement (BCE); Civic and Community Engagement (CCE); Social Justice Education; Sorority and Fraternity Life; and the University Center. These offices, which work directly with students and student organizations, were selected as part of the project goal to foster collaboration.

Embracing Large Events and Meetings

Q: What does “embracing large events and meetings” mean?
The CLC will support production of events that include an entire undergraduate class, with meeting space that is flexible in size and the variety of activities that it supports. There will be substantial support space so the CLC staff can assist community members with their events, as well as convenient service access for catering and deliveries.

Q: What kind of meetings can be held in the CLC?
It became clear in the feasibility study and design stages of CLC development that the university has limited resources for student groups to plan events and meetings of fewer than 30 people, particularly when a classroom is not a good fit. This was a major complaint in both student and faculty/staff focus groups and supported by event registration data in the Meeting Services office. The CLC’s multi-purpose space will accommodate six simultaneous events of 100 people or more, replace the midsize meeting rooms lost by the DUC West demolition, and provide new, smaller breakout rooms for more-intimate meetings and conversations. The multipurpose space will be outfitted with state-of-the art technology for presentations and entertainment.

Q: When can I reserve space in the CLC?
Reservable space in the CLC will become available at the same time as all other University Center reservable space, 12 months in advance, beginning June 1, 2018.

Q: How much will reserving space cost in the CLC?
Reservable spaces in the CLC will have a fee system structured like the rest of the spaces in the University Center. Student organizations will not pay for space, although they will continue to pay for A/V and dedicated A/V techs if requested. There will also be internal and external half-day and full-day rates for non-student groups. The CLC rates will be posted on the University Center website prior to CLC reservations opening on June 1, 2018.

Providing a Uniquely Emory Image and Character

Q: What does “providing a uniquely Emory image and character” mean?
The CLC will respect and enhance the campus aesthetic and feature an inviting combination of both lively social events and quiet study opportunities. It will encourage students to linger, and it will communicate the legacy and traditions of Emory University, while offering opportunities for new discoveries.