The Barton Malow concrete team poured their first set of foundations on Oct. 3 at the Student Union construction site.

Barton Malow to Build New Embry-Riddle Student Union in Daytona Beach

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has contracted with Barton Malow Company to build a new four-story, 177,000 square foot student union and library, which will become the centerpiece of the Daytona Beach Campus, bordering the Connolly Quad, near the main entrance to the University on S. Clyde Morris Blvd.

“A construction project this important to the Embry-Riddle community needs the best possible company to help make it a reality. That is why we are excited to be working with Barton Malow,” said Rodney Cruise, Senior Vice President for Administration & Planning. “Together, we are creating a new center of campus life, both in location and purpose — a place that fosters scholarship, discovery, camaraderie and community involvement.”

Cruise added that building construction is well underway, with the Barton Malow concrete team pouring their first set of foundations in early October. The 400 cubic yards of concrete used in the first pour was equal to about 1,622,500 pounds of concrete. Construction will continue through the 2016 and 2017 school years, with expected completion by August 2018.

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With more than 150 projects on 50-plus campuses throughout the country, Barton Malow has helped define some of the finest college and university structures in the United States. The University of Florida, University of North Florida, Penn State, The Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are some of the schools where Barton Malow projects have enhanced student and faculty life.

Barton Malow also recently constructed the redesigned Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach as well as multiple projects for Florida Hospital throughout the state of Florida. They are also currently building the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium, which will be complete by the start of the 2017 Major League Soccer season.

“After recently completing the redevelopment of the Daytona International Speedway, we are thrilled to partner with Embry-Riddle on this iconic new student union,” said Len Moser, Barton Malow Vice President. “Embry-Riddle continues to excel in the academic fields of science, technology, security, engineering and aviation. We look forward to contributing to Embry-Riddle’s success by bringing this beautiful structure to life.”

Inspired by the gracefulness of birds in flight, the building’s iconic design by ikon.5 architects has already received the prestigious Design Award of Excellence from the Society of Registered American Architects.

Watch an animated video tour of the new student union, currently under construction.

Four-Story Student Union to be Center of Campus Life

An extensive and variety-filled food court, multiple seating areas both inside and out, a bookstore and access to student services will encompass much of the first floor of the new student union. A multipurpose, major-event space will occupy the southwest side of the union’s first floor with seating for up to 900 people.

The Student Government Association and student organization offices will be located on the second floor, along with group study rooms, computer labs, the senate chamber, a great lounge, exhibit space and a Starbucks, plus access to an outdoor terrace.

The new, technology-rich library will take up the top two floors, with social areas, private study rooms, collaborative workspaces and plenty of computer terminals, both inside and outside the library.

“Students don’t live compartmentalized lives where learning happens in one place and living happens in another. By building an expansive environment that recognizes this fact, we can dramatically improve student outcomes,” said Karin Gollin, Executive Director of the student union. “Students will be able to do research, grab a meal, form a study group, hold a club meeting, enjoy a concert or just relax and make new connections with other students. In this one place, they will have access to the services and experiences they need to be successful.”



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