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Eagles Help Direct Student Union’s Debut

As Embry-Riddle prepares for the debut of an iconic new Student Union building on the Daytona Beach Campus, students recently helped determine the best locations for signage. Shown looking over a floor plan diagram are (L-R) students Carlos Novoa Farfan, Walter Solis and Michael Zidek, with Dustin Beech, assistant director for Campus Activities.

Featuring floating walls, glass panels and a top floor set beneath a dynamic 300-foot arching skylight, the Student Union will serve as a single, convenient hub for student services, with four technology-enriched floors, 178,000 square feet and events space to accommodate up to 900 people.

The building, resembling the wings of a bird, was designed by ikon.5 Architects and constructed by Barton Malow to invoke a sense of adventure and discovery, reflecting the Embry-Riddle student experience.

It will house a reimagined Hunt Library, a Student Leadership and Engagement Suite, the Student Affairs Office, a food court and lounge area, a Rooftop  Terrace overlooking Connolly Quad with a peek of Runway 25R-7L’s final approach, a Gaming Area, a rotating display of student art and photography, the WIKD radio station and more.

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