Franck & Lohsen Architects
Upchurch University Center, Longwood University
Designed to reinforce the established traditional architecture on campus, this new 80,000 square foot building is located in the heart of this historic Virginia university. Housing a multitude of student organizations, campus wide functions, offices and dining facilities, this state of the art facility is designed to meet the complex needs of students in an environment that is approachable and enjoyable.
Due to the size and complexity of the building and its position on campus, the building’s 4 sides are very different on each façade. The south façade features an circular porch with Greek Doric columns as well as commercial spaces which open on to a large lawn for more relaxed student activities A more intimately scaled façade along Brock Commons, the primary artery of campus, reinforces the high quality of the nearby historic buildings and creates more intimate areas on the exterior. The North facade with a large double story columns opens onto Wheeler Mall echoing the scale and attention to detail found in nearby buildings while helping to frame this important green.