Celebrating 10 Years of the Campus Center
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.