University System of Georgia
University of North Georgia Convocation Center
The Convocation Center, a new multi-purpose building, is sited atop a knoll overlooking UNG's Dahlonega campus. The building encompass 103,000 gross square feet of academic and event space including athletic, cultural and convocation functions.
The LAS landscape design team created a signature entry procession and monumental plaza space at the public entrance to the building. The plaza functions daily as a gathering spot for students and faculty but truly comes alive during large-scale events when throngs of visitors descend upon the campus. The diagonal arrangement responds to the axial views down the hill toward the historic parade grounds and is a way to organize both pedestrian circulation and service access on site. A student entry plaza, designed as a smaller, more intimate space on the opposite side of the building, is located at the terminus of a meandering path up the hillside to the northern façade of the building. Pedestrian access studies were conducted to ensure proper paths of travel from parking, from campus, from a planned parking deck and with surrounding existing academic buildings.