Part of the $23.5 million At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University, the Commons is an addition to the front of Kuch Recreation and Athletic Center and faces Kuch Field.
The Commons houses Office of the President of the University; Office of the Provost; Student Government (SGO); Office of Student Engagement; First- and Second-Year Programs; Chat; Game Room; Fireplace Lounge; Great Room; and the Board Room.
- Lounges, fireplace gathering spots and activity areas
- Dining areas and a café for the entire community
- Flexible meeting rooms for small and large gatherings (up to 500 people)
- A balcony overlooking the campus green
- Student art exhibit space
- Designated space for student organizations
- Great Room. A multi-purpose room that can seat up to 500 and offer State of the Art electronics for video conferencing (as guests experienced at the ceremony). Arcadia plans to hold dances, comedians, award ceremonies and more in the great room.
- Campaign Central Display. These columns and wall list the donors who contributed $5,000 or more to the Campaign that ultimately raised $30 million from 5,200 alumni and friends, topping the $23.5 million goal.
- Smart Windows. As part of Arcadia University’s green initiatives, some of the windows are Smart Windows--they open and close themselves to provide outside air to the building and the glass is coated to reflect heat in or out depending on the weather. Additionally, the Smart Lights sense the brightness outside and adjust accordingly.
- The Chat. Originally The Chatterbox, The Chat has been a part of Beaver College/Arcadia University tradition dating back to the Jenkintown campus and now features three food stations including Grill, Mexican, and Deli stations. There is also a milkshake machine and a Grab & Go food and drink section.
- Class of 1971 Grand Entrance. The Grand Entrance was given by the Class of 1971 on its 40th Reunion
- Outdoor Café Terrace. The beautiful Terrace will be in full use in warmer months, with casual outdoor tables and chairs as a gift of Dr. Fredric Rieders and his wife in honor of his father, who was a professor here at Arcadia and the founder of our Forensic Science Program.
- Haber Green. More than 4 miles of piping connect 42 geo-thermal wells nearly 400 feet deep under Haber Green. Arcadia University will use nature’s temperate waters to heat and cool the Commons. There is also an underground system to capture and hold rainwater runoff for irrigation of plantings upon demand.
- Art Gallery. There are pull out panels that allow for display of student art
- Lounge Areas and Student Activities/Engagement Offices. The lounge areas on the first floor will allow for casual conversation and gatherings and was given by the Class of 1956, Class of 1961, and Margaret Wright Steele ’80, our Chair of the Board of Trustees
- Fireplace Lounge. Given by Madeline Johnson Stein ’68, a member of Arcadia’s Board of Trustees, the lounge provides a relaxing environment with gas-operated fireplace and televisions to provide students an area to work and gather together.
- Game Room. A new game room for pool, ping pong and other activities will occupy students (and probably staff and faculty) during down times and lunch breaks.
- Lounge Areas and Student Organization Offices. Lounge Areas on this floor were given by Jeff & Daphne Ewing, Jan & Bruce Walbert, Patricia Squire ’62, and Barbara Sheble and plan to be used by Student Organization Offices, house the Student Government, Residence Hall Council, and Student Programming Board.
- Balcony Terrace. There’s a beautiful view of campus from the Balcony Terrace given by Beverly Rappaport Goldberg ’53. Additionally, solar panels above balcony provide self-generated electricity
- Lobby leading to President’s and Provost’s Offices, Board Meeting Room. Home to the President and the Provost at the heart of campus, in close proximity to students. The meeting rooms can be divided into 1, 2 or 3 meeting spaces. The flat roofing sections of Commons and Kuch were designed for future green roofing options and elevated park areas.
- Bridge. The Bridge links the Commons to the Castle as is a gift of the Class of 1960 as part of their 50th Reunion celebration