Highsmith Union

Recent renovations to Highsmith Union renovations have brought the student experience to the front and center of the building, providing meeting spaces and open areas for student organizations, as well as an area to showcase a student art gallery and share the work of the Intercultural Center. Two fireplaces and a coffee shop, Roasted, contribute to the warm and inviting atmosphere. The construction of the configurable multi-purpose Blue Ridge Room between Highsmith Union and Brown Hall provides additional event space for up to 480 people, depending on the room set-up. The Blue Ridge Room provides direct access to Brown Hall for kitchen and catering operations as well.

The student life porch in front of Highsmith is still under construction.

Community Input

Project planning for Highsmith Union has included a feasibility study, student survey, and community meetings.

Estimated Cost



Renovations to Highsmith Union began in Spring 2017.


Highsmith Union Rendered Plan

Highsmith Union rendered plan for renovation

Highsmith Union North View

Highsmith Union North View

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