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Danna Student Center celebrates renovation with a 60s theme

Loyola press release - October 6, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans hosted “Renovation Celebration” Thursday, Oct. 9, to celebrate the completion of $3 million in renovations to the Danna Student Center. The celebration was an opportunity to thank the Loyola University Board of Trustees and Sodexo for financial support.

The Danna Student Center, which was built in 1964, was meticulously renovated and modernized to meet 21st century student needs. Design elements all over the center pay homage to its 1960s modernist influences.

Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc., designed the new space, which boasts the “learning lab,” a state-of-the-art classroom created by Steelcase, equipped with interactive whiteboards, poly vision projectors, edge marker boards with copy cams, mobile furniture and huddle boards; the One Loyola Room, a space for cultural activism and for students to share their stories and experiences through multi-media exhibits; enhanced student organization offices; updated courtyards; and stylish dining halls and performance spaces.

The Student Government Association dedicated a new fountain in the center’s courtyard. SGA worked collaboratively with alumna Michelle Leblanc to create this one-of-a-kind fountain which includes a sculpture by famed artist Joan Miró.

Henry Muñoz, CEO of Kell Muñoz and Loyola alumus, was instrumental in creating a concept for the center that combines the Loyola community’s unique, invigorating personality with cutting-edge design. Muñoz, who calls himself a “cultural activist,” has been widely recognized for his cultural approach to architectural design.

His works, including a building housing the Museo Alameda in San Antonio’s Market Square, have been written-up in the New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Architectural Record and other publications. Muñoz has also received 30 juried design awards.

The Renovation Celebration started at 8:30 a.m., with the opening of the first installation in the One Loyola Room. Performances and workshops took place between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Later, organizers hosted a T-shirt tye-dye in the Peace Quad, and Loyola’s chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts hosted a reception in the Art Gallery.

At 5:30 p.m., students led members of the Board of Trustees on a tour of the center followed by the official unveiling of the Danna Student Center’s new sign by President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., at the main entrance.