The Ernest and Jean Hahn University Center
The original University Center opened in 1986 and was home to the student cafeteria, faculty and staff lounge, meeting and event space and the Office of Student Affairs. It was built at a cost of approximately $11 million. Ernest Hahn, renowned builder and a seven-year member of USD's Board of Trustees, was instrumental in making the University Center a reality. In order to fund this project Mr. Hahn raised $7 million, including his personal contribution, with $4 million raised through state bonds. On September 22, 1989, the University Center was dedicated to Ernest and Jean Hahn and continues to bear their name today.
The Hahn University Center, known to students as the UC, was renovated in 2009 as part of the Student Life Pavilion construction. The renovation expanded event space, added Frank Warren's Lounge, the Exhibit Hall, computer lounge and the La Gran Terraza restaurant. The Hahn University Center is adjacent to the west of the Student Life Pavilion. The two buildings are connected by a breezeway.
The Student Life Pavilion
In the summer of 2009, the 50,000 square foot facility opened and immediately provided expanded services and options to the USD community. The Student Life Pavilion, known to students as the SLP, was built using 16th Century Spanish Renaissance design consistent with the architecture on campus. The layout is purposefully informal to encourage collaboration between students, their organizations, faculty and staff. View the official building dedication.
The SLP provides students with numerous dining options and a full-service grocery store, Tu Mercado. This store is unique on a college campus in that it offers dairy, meats, produce, bulk dry goods and prepared meals with a focus on sustainability. In 2010, the National Association of College and University Food Services awarded “Best in the Business" to Tu Mercado for their sustainable practices. In 2015, the Torero Store was added to the space connecting the UC and SLP. It offers students all required textbooks, technology and supplies, as well as the latest Torero clothing and gear.
Together, the UCSLP is the center of student life and activity at USD.