HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY CAFFEY HALL > HIGHER EDUCATION
Architect — Mercer Architecture
High Point, NC
PROJECT DELIVERY —
The Donald Julian Reaves (DJR) Student Activities Center, a cutting-edge 96,000 square foot structure, serves as a hub for student activities at Winston-Salem State University. It features fitness facilities, a food court, a game room, and flexible spaces for meetings and lounging.
The ground floor is home to the food court, a dual-court gymnasium, and a weight room. The second floor, endearingly referred to as the “living room of the campus,” offers a student lounge equipped with a fireplace and a game room. The third level is adorned with an indoor waterfall and includes a lounge for commuting or non-traditional students, an indoor jogging track, and two group fitness rooms.
Given its location on a hillside with a 70-foot drop, the center’s construction required meticulous planning and execution. The foundation was systematically built to accommodate the slope. The lower level of the facility incorporates 20-foot high robust concrete walls, constructed using a step foundation design. These walls were anchored into the hill and then backfilled and braced while the next section was installed.