Project Details


Ohio University


2007 Golden Trowel Award, International Masonry Institute 2007 Craft Award, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

Baker Student Center – Ohio University

Athens, OH

This 292,000 square foot student center serves as a link between the upper and lower campus areas of the University. In addition to providing a gathering place for students, faculty and staff, the building houses meeting and conference spaces; a coffee house/café; a dining facility that seats up to 400 people; a large ballroom; a theater/auditorium; student association and campus organization offices; a gift shop; a game room; two art galleries and a parking garage.

The exterior of the building reflects the “Georgian” architecture present throughout the campus and is composed of a blend of brick and stone with numerous balconies, windows and arched entrance ways. Other design elements include an entry plaza with an arrival/drop off area for visitors, and green space which serves as an extension of Emeriti Park.


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– John K. Kotowski,  Asst. Vice President, Facilities Planning and Construction | Ohio University

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