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Student Union Building, Bowie State University

Bowie, Maryland


Bowie State University


96,000 sf




New Construction


WTW Architects

As a growing Historically Black College and University campus, Bowie State University desired a new campus connector for student life. The new Student Center enhances the student experience by providing a series of dynamic, student-centered spaces that create a true campus destination.

Designed as a hub of campus activity, the Student Center offers active spaces for students to gather, work, eat, relax and play. The center provides the meal-plan dining hall as well as retail dining options, bookstore, game room, movie theater, and a variety of student group and lounge spaces. A sequence of outdoor spaces provide a variety of experiences to encourage interaction with the surrounding landscape.

Our students believe this building is truly the “Facebook” of the campus and created a “living room” to substantially enhance the quality of student life on campus.

VP for Administration and Finance, Bowie State University

Sense Of Place

Vertical openness and vast amounts of glass give visitors a constant connection to fellow students, activities and the campus beyond. The building fosters a strong sense of place, orientation, and belonging. From outside the building, the expansive glass maximizes transparency–showcasing the activities and community within, and inviting students to enter, participate, and engage.

Closing Thoughts

Students were instrumental in creating the vision for the building, hoping that the new Student Center would serve as a social intersection that greets visitors to the campus and serves as a social gathering place for students. This engagement in design has led to a deep sense of pride in and ownership of the end result.


Design Excellence Award

AIA Baltimore

Design Award of Excellence