The existing International Center is located in the heart of MSU’s campus and is uniquely situated as a crossroads through university grounds. It currently attracts international students, and students participating in study abroad programs, and is also a destination for student from nearby colleges looking for a place to eat and study.
The International Center was built in 1964 and the third floor was added to the academic wing in 2000, and renamed the Delia Koo International Academic Center. It is a mixed-used building that contains the Spartan Bookstore, food court, the MSU ID Office, a convenience store, the office of International Studies and Program, classroom and conference room and is used as a place where students, faculty, staff, and visitors gather, shop, dine and learn.
Over time, the facility has begun to show wear, and the services available do not align with the current trends or needs of the campus community. In order to enrich student engagement, this project was established to evaluate the current program, gather data and make recommendations based on student feedback that will revitalize the International Center, add vibrancy and meet the needs of students for years to come.
Based upon research and feedback from students, building users, vendors, and various departmental stakeholders the design team developed several options to provide various Levels of implementation strategies based upon project minimum requirements, increased visibility into the lower level and fully integrated student engagement spaces.