Five architecture firms are competing for the opportunity to build the new Campus Life Center (CLC), which will replace the Dobbs University Center (DUC) by 2019, according to the DUC feasibility report.

For the past few weeks, the firms showcased potential options for the design of the CLC on display boards in Coca-Cola Commons — a part of an initiative for community involvement, spearheaded by Director of the DUC Ben Perlman.

“These panels are opportunities for firms to show their expertise, their ideas, their creativity and how well they connect it with Emory’s culture,” Perlman said.

Feedback sought for new Campus Life Center to reconstruct DUC

Plans are being explored to create a new Campus Life Center (CLC) on the site of the current Dobbs University Center (DUC), and the Emory community is being asked to weigh in.

This week, the public is invited to provide feedback on models and drawings submitted by five architectural firms, each offering proposed design concepts for a rejuvenated university center, which would serve as a focal point of community life at Emory.

Through architectural models, graphics and text, the displays portray a range of visions, from more traditional buildings that blend into Emory’s existing campus style to bold, angular, modern buildings gleaming with glass and natural light.

Still early in the process of renovating and replacing the Dobbs University Center (DUC), the University spent the past year directing a feasibility study, a document that represents stakeholder interests and helps inform future decisions, of the new center, according to Vice President for Campus Services Matthew Early.

The study, conducted by firm Perkins + Will, issued recommendations ranging from demolishing the west portion of the DUC, which currently contains Dobbs Market, Eagle’s Landing and Mail Services, and renovating the historic east DUC to adding more retail food options and creating an approximately 1,600-person sized event space.