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Carlton Student Union

The Carlton Union Building at Stetson University, affectionately known as the CUB, has undergone a thoughtful renovation and expansion, reestablishing its iconic status as the vibrant heart of the campus. This upgrade has revitalized the CUB, shifting its perception from outdated to a bustling center of activity, engagement, and visibility, truly embodying the university's dynamic spirit. The renovation prioritized the dining area's continuous operation to minimize disruption. The redesigned CUB now effortlessly combines social, administrative, and student organization spaces, enhancing connectivity between the campus's north and south wings. An added outdoor dining terrace and quad integrate nature, fostering a vibrant setting for engagement and relaxation.

The renovation introduces a multi-use dining pavilion, doubling as a coffee house and faculty lounge, and features essential student services like a post office and copy center. Enhanced social spaces include the upgraded "Stetson Room" with a balcony and new Stetson Radio studios, alongside offices for student organizations, enriching the building's communal vibe. The CUB's historic charm, highlighted by its arcade, columns, and porches, is now complemented by tropical landscaping that blends the building into the campus's heart. Equipped with versatile furnishings, updated technology, and modern amenities, the Carlton Union Building exemplifies the University's commitment to creating a vibrant, engaged, and unified campus community. 

  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Scope: Architecture, Interior Design
  • Deland, Florida
  • 2019
  • 56,700 SF (renovation); 64,000 SF (addition)
  • Photos courtesy of © Keith Isaacs Photography
  • Facility Design Award of Excellence, Association of College Unions International, 2020
  • Honorable Mention, AIA VA, 2020
  • Higher Education Category, Honorable Mention, ASID/IIDA IDEA, 2021
Project Team
Jane Cady Rathbone
Robert V. Reis
Design Principal
Michael C. Beaver
Project Manager
Affiliated Engineers
MEP Engineering
Civil Engineering
Walter P. Moore
Structural Engineering
Worrell Design Group
Foodservice Designer
Bechtol Engineering and Testing, Inc.
Geotechnical /HazMat