Carl Hansen Student Center

The Carl Hansen Student Center was renovated and expanded twice, in 1991 and again in 2010. The original project was to transform Quinnipiac’s existing cafeteria-style dining hall and student union, giving the combined facility a sociability and verve it lacked.


Quinnipiac University

Location Hamden, CT
Size 49,020 Sq. Ft.
Features addition, renovation
Program dining hall, lounge, bookstore, post office, radio station, offices, meeting spaces, exhibit space
Year Completed 2012
Photo Credit David Sundberg/Esto, Derek Hayn/Centerbrook, Nathaniel Riley Photography
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The latest renovation and expansion nearly doubled its size with 25,000 square feet of improved amenities and student services. It also established a dynamic and transparent new facet to the campus’ classic quadrangle. A circular glass façade proudly faces its neighbors, the Arnold Bernhard Library and the Lender School of Business, also designed by Centerbrook. More than a fifth of the new area was created by making more efficient use of existing space.

The expansion encompassed new lounges that can accommodate lectures or small performances as well as new, expanded, or improved facilities and meeting spaces for student organizations, from the school newspaper and yearbook to fraternities and sororities, clubs and religious groups.



  • Grand Award, Renaissance/Remodeling