Appalachian State University, Plemmons Student Union
Boone, North Carolina
Square Footage: 50,500
With 12 new meeting spaces, the Plemmons Student Union Expansion has doubled the number of rooms available to students and campus organizations. These rooms, named for local scenic attractions, include Bass Lake Room, Trout Lake Room, Linville Gorge Room, Pisgah Commons and Linville Caverns Room. The Parkway Ballroom serves as the primary event space, with seating for 400 people.
The new wing houses centralized offices that were previously scattered across campus, such as the Office of Student Research, the Office of International Education and Development, the Office of the Dean of Students, Family and Parent Services and the Office of Off-Campus Community Relations. Other offices that have been relocated from their former student union location to the new addition are the Office of Student Conduct, the Appalachian student newspaper , Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) Outreach Center, Center for Student Involvement, and Leadership and Multicultural Student Development.
The $19 million, 50,500-square-foot addition has achieved LEED Gold certification. Some of the building’s sustainable features include water-refilling stations, LED lighting, and flooring made from recycled tires.