Southwestern University possessed an antiquated food service building and a small student union. Studies revealed that even with renovations, the two facilities would not meet the needs of the university.
Hastings+Chivetta was hired to design the new Red and Charline McCombs Campus Center, which consolidates both components into a single facility. Because great historical and sentimental value was attached to the original ballroom in the existing student union, the core of the new campus center is an exact re-creation of the old ballroom. Designed for openness, the campus center offers a variety of activity spaces, including dining areas, kitchens, offices, lounges, a post office, a bookstore, meeting rooms, a gallery, a game room and a café.
The multilevel facility was built with Texas limestone to maintain the architectural character of the campus.