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Building Community

student-activity-centerA dynamic student activity center is coming to Santa Clara University this summer. Named for former president, Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., the center will host a number of events and activities that build community on campus. It is the first new building in more than 40 years designed specifically with student activities in mind.

“The building is a visible tribute to Fr. Locatelli’s dedication to Santa Clara and his commitment to provide students with a venue that serves a variety of programming, social, and recreational needs,” said Jeanne Rosenberger, vice provost for student life.

Located on the north side of Buck Shaw Stadium, the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activity Center was made possible through a $7 million grant from Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84 and her husband Mark, a partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

The lower level includes a 6,000 square-foot, high-ceilinged gathering hall suitable for dances, concerts, and career fairs, as well as pre- and post-game activities. The indoor/outdoor venue has restroom facilities for up to 400 people. The second level will house The Center for Student Leadership and three student organizations: Associated Students, Santa Clara Community Action Program, and the Activities Programming Board. 

“It is designed to be a highly flexible space, able to accommodate a range of student programs. By providing students with a larger venue on campus, students can look forward to expanded evening and weekend programming,” Rosenberger said. 

Designed with environmental sensitivity, the new center will be the greenest building on campus, said Joe Sugg, assistant vice president for university operations. “The emphasis on energy conservation and use of materials that are environmentally friendly should easily garner LEED gold certification, one of the highest ratings for building sustainability,” he said. Some of those features include energy performance 25 percent more efficient that California Title 24 energy standards, daytime lighting controls and motion sensors to maximize use of natural light, low- or no-VOC paint coatings and adhesives, and wood products with no added urea-formaldehyde resins.

Weather permitting, construction should be completed by June.