Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Jim Henderson Administration and Welcome Center

  • Leith A. Oatman

    Leith A. Oatman RID, LEED AP

    Senior Vice President Contact
Daytona Beach, FL, United States of America
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Described by TIME magazine as “The Harvard of the Sky,” Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is the world's largest aviation and aerospace university with a history dating back to the early days of aviation. The current 185-acre campus in Daytona Beach serves 6,000 students and dates to 1965. After the former administrative building was destroyed by a tornado in 2006, the University made the decision to turn the tragedy into an opportunity to visually represent ERAU’s focus on emerging aeronautical sciences

The 30,000-square-foot Jim Henderson Administration and Welcome Center is designed as a sculptural icon that incorporates aeronautical references and pays tribute to Florida’s natural heritage. The design establishes the Center as the heart of the University and creates a pedestrian quadrangle that links it to the library, student center and classroom buildings.

The Center houses an interactive exhibit of ERAU’s history, serves as a meeting point for tours of ERAU grounds and facilities, and is designed for ultimate flexibility for both exhibition and office functions. Sustainable features include daylighting, high-efficiency mechanical and lighting systems, stormwater management, water conservation, materials with recycled content, low-VOC materials, and reduced and recycled construction waste.

"This [is] a beautiful building that [returns] the administration to the heart of the campus, and of equal importance, [serves] as a resource for our community.”

Dr. John P. Johnson, Ph.D.
President, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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