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Armstrong Student Center by the numbers

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013

Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 12:12

Dining and food

  • Seven new food concepts
  • Over 600 seats for all dining areas
  • 460 seats in the Commons
  • 145 seats in the Bob and Doris ’52 Pulley Diner
  • The Commons has two kiosks, where students can place their food orders through a computer and receive a text message when their food is ready to be picked up Dining services has already hired 159 students and about 50 full-time employees

Student organization space

  • 12,500 square feet of space dedicated to student involvement
  • 78 student organizations have been accepted to move into the ASC in the spring
  • 6 offices for the big-name student organizations on campus, with room for more ASG, MUSF, MAP, DAC, The Miami Student and Greek governing councils
  • 20 shared offices (2-3 groups)
  • 51 desk spaces for smaller organizations


  • It has been more than 38 months since the student center’s groundbreaking ceremony in fall 2010
  • There are 16 meeting rooms that can be rented out as quiet study rooms
  • There are 18 students on the ASC board
  • The future boards will have 15 students, each serving two-year terms 5 students will be appointed from ASG automatically, 1 from MAP, and 9 will be brought in from outside interviews
  • There are 1,937 chairs in the building The Harry T. Wilks Theater has both balcony and floor level seating, totaling to more than 500 seats
  • An additional 54 students have been hired for positions outside of dining services


  • It can be divided into 3 separate rooms (like Shriver’s MPR)
  • This room is 8,000 square feet, compared to Shriver Multi-Purpose Room’s 6,000
  • It seats 850 people for lecture-style events and 550 for banquets
  • The kitchen is 40 percent bigger than Shriver’s


  • Phase 1 - $46 million
  • $40 million in construction
  • $6 million in design
  • Phase 2 – approximately $21.5 million (coming soon)
  • The building was funded half by donors and half by ASG-approved student fees
  • By renovating the former academic buildings that occupied the space rather than tearing down and restarting, the university saved $50 per square foot


  • Phase 1 – 153, 849 square feet
  • Phase 2 – approximately 63,000 square feet
  • Comparatively, Shriver is about 137,000 square feet


  • The Armstrong Student Center has received more than 10,000 donations from alumni, friends, and family
  • $200 donors have their names engraved on the glass wall of Slant Walk
  • $2,000 donors have a tile dedication on the floor of Slant Walk
  • $20,000 donors have a tile dedication surrounding the Great Seal on Slant Walk $
  • 25,000+ donors have a room bearing their name
  • $15 million donors have the entire student center named after them (Mike and Anne Armstrong of Miami ’61)


  • Four short throat interactive media projectors (smart boards)
  • One 12-screen video wall 22 digital monitors, plus 3 touchscreen monitors 8 video projectors in big event spaces
  • Portable capture video equipment to stream video from one room, like the Pavilion, to other rooms for an expanded audience 167 computers

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