“U” Building, Dublin City University
MOLA Architecture led a single point design team to deliver phase 1 of the DCU Capital Development Program (2015-2021). Located on the DCU Glasnevin Campus, the “U” Building was the second building project delivered concurrently under this appointment. The works comprised a 3,600sqm three storey extension, alongside a 2,600sqm refurbishment and upgrade programme to the existing HUB Building to provide a 6,200sqm Student Union complex.
The “U” Building funded completely by students levies and benefactors, is a purpose-built Student Union facility, housing a broad range of activities and support services, to serve the needs of DCU’s rapidly growing student community, now numbering over 17,000. The building provides a wide variety of informal social spaces, meeting rooms, larger multipurpose spaces and a central “all hands” open auditorium to reflect the requirements of a dynamic young university. The building design is orientated around the central auditorium space which rises from ground to roof level connecting the diverse building uses. The building since opening has been used as a space for student balls, political demonstrations, musical performances and as a conference venue.
|“U” Building, Dublin City University|
|Floor Area:||6,200 sqm (3600 sqm New Build & 2600 sqm Refurbishment)|
|Client:||Dublin City University|
|Integrated Design Team Lead/Architects:||MOLA Architecture|
|Project Manager:||Turner Townsend|
|Quantity Surveyor||Turner Townsend|
|Fire Consultants||Jeremy Gardner Associates|
|Acoustic Consultants||AWN Consulting|
|Main Contractor||Duggan Brothers (Construction) Ltd|