University of Southern Indiana, University Center Expansion

The distinguishable cone-shaped USI University Center is an iconic design, recognizable to members of the campus and surrounding community. Celebrating local industries, the center incorporates innovative applications of regional and reclaimed materials. A limestone entryway salvaged from the former historic Orr Iron Building pays homage to an Evansville landmark built by former Indiana governor, Robert D. Orr. One-of-a-kind interior elements formed from materials sourced from area manufacturers include a geometric patterned ceiling made of 1,200 chairs legs, wall coverings made from printed plastic sheeting normally used in the manufacturing of toothpaste tubing, and benches of solid aluminum ingot ends.