McDaniel College’s Roj Student Center Wins Outstanding Design Award

By John Morrel, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal


American School and University Magazine has highlighted MCA’s design of the Roj Student Center renovation at McDaniel College for “Outstanding Design” in the Educational Interiors Showcase! We are honored to receive this recognition as the Architect of Record for the project.

The overall intent of the design was to highlight natural light sources and select an exciting color palette. MCA completely changed the energy of the Student Center by highlighting natural light sources—achieved through removing walls and relocating offices—and selecting an updated color palette for furniture and finishes. Through the use of color and materials, the final design successfully created cozy pods of space—each with individual functions. Acrylic panels and divider panels with a play on solids and voids were used to define distinct spaces. Decorative acoustic panels on the walls and ceiling help minimize sound while creating compelling visuals and elements of interest. A range of furniture types gives the large open space a more intimate feel.