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St. John’s University, D’Angelo Center

Queens, New York

Built on a previously underused part of the campus, the new, 127,000-square-foot D’Angelo Center provides a much-needed gathering place for students, expands academic facilities and serves as beacon for the campus and surrounding community. The center’s massing and use of fieldstone, brick and glass cladding relate it architecturally to other important buildings on the campus. A 144-foot tower features a golden torch inspired by the Statue of Liberty. The double-height student lounge serves as the campus’ living room, with high arched windows creating an upbeat, sunlit space. The building also accommodates classrooms, student services, offices, a cafeteria and a recreation center.