The Heart of the Smith Campus The Smith College Campus Center is the crossroads of community at Smith. The open design creates a light, vibrant and welcoming environment for all members of the college and of the greater Northampton community.
A place to see and be seen, the 56,000-square-foot building is positioned at the heart of Smith's campus. Its central location, glass walls and large windows blur the boundaries between inside and outside, student and faculty, college and town. When the sun goes down, the Campus Center's soft lighting and warm, vivid color scheme invite visitors to come inside, participate in various programs, enjoy a cup of coffee with friends or simply relax by the fire.
From Whence We Came
Since first opening its doors in 2003, the Smith College Campus Center, designed by award-winning firm Weiss/Manfredi Architects of New York, has felt more like a passage then a building, integrating modern ideas and design into Smith's historic and natural setting. Designed to respond to a call for a large yet intimate indoor public space for the Smith community to gather, the building serves as a campus pathway where people can pause and meet-an intersection of work and play. Smith's connection to the outside community and to its own history can be seen throughout the building in subtleties of form and function to the last details, such as in the lounge and meeting spaces where the maple and ash tabletops have been built from the trees that once stood at the site. The Smith College Campus Center supports and furthers the work of the college by providing a place for social and intellectual exchange.
Step Inside - Get Involved
The Campus Center offers students, faculty, staff and guests countless ways to meet and talk, in scheduled meetings as well as impromptu get togethers. It complements the academic mission of the college by providing opportunities for co-curricular learning and involvement and serves as home to the Office of Student Engagement, which supports not only the building itself, but the more than 120 recognized student organization and the Student Government Association. The activities, services and facilities help students develop socially, take on leadership roles through employment and organizations, pursue intellectual activities and develop a sense of social responsibility and community.
Part of what I am most grateful to the CC for has always been the opportunity to meet and spend time with new people. I truly believe that the relationships we develop with our fellow employees are what allow us to work as a cohesive team. When we are all aware of our common mission, we recognize the importance of teamwork and are better able to efficiently and successfully fulfill our duties. A job at the CC is more than a paycheck; it is a venue for learning, friendship and growth.
While serving on two committees that discussed and dreamed the possibility of a Campus Center, it was a celebratory occasion to open the Campus Center in August 2003! It was very clear that students, faculty, staff and alumnae wanted a central building on campus where community members could gather in confortable surroundings and have the opportunity to have quality food and service. Prior to the Campus Center, the college had a small snack bar at Davis Student Center and I still have alums inform me that they never frequented Davis Center, especially if they lived in the quad.
I remain thrilled to have been a part of the planning and programming and still get excited when we have college wide events in the Campus Center. It truly provides a vibrant space for all.