$2 million gift buys wow factor for campus hub

July 23, 2012 — Campus Highlights

The center of campus is set for transformation two years from now, when the new Dining Commons is standing across from Kingsmen Park, where the Student Union Building
just came down.

Like other see-through buildings on campus, the two-level structure will draw in natural light with high glass walls. Its sloped roof will nod to the south, amid three large
upper-level patios for
eating and gathering.

Many of these key design features were temporarily axed under a scaled-back budget for the project. CLU Regent George “Corky” Ullman Jr. ’76 and his brother Steve Ullman ’77 compared the two plans and ultimately decided to kick in $2 million to rescue the
original $15 million design.

The gift comes from the Ullman Foundation, which also represents alumni Cody Ullman ’01 and Chad Ullman ’08. The family has provided support for CLU scholarships and facilities, including Ullman Stadium, for nearly 35 years.

  • The building is designed to meet requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
    (LEED) Silver status.
  • The lower floor includes a conference center, kitchen and late-night coffee bar. A pedestrian breezeway leads from theater facilities to the academic corridor.
  • The west second-floor patio was restored to the plan with a gift from the Ullmans.
  • Glass curtain walls draw in light and afford clear views of Kingsmen Park. The scaled-back plan made less use of glass and brick, and the roof was flat.
  • An international food station features a large, round Mongolian griddle for barbeque. Choose your ingredients. Vegan and Asian options.
  • Pizza oven, pasta, deli, made-to-order grill, and a prominently placed salad and soup bar.