The Surkamp Family Welcome Center is housed within the University’s art deco alumni center. A portion of the alumni center was renovated into a feature alumni space. The project created a space for signature alumni on campus that may be used as a small meeting area, lounge, or business conferencing center in the course of alumni affairs and development for the university. The unique art deco character of the existing building formed the design aesthetic of the renovations. The character of the space is updated, yet consistent with the art deco image. As an alumni welcome center, MSA realized the importance of creating a warm and welcoming area that exudes a distinctly Xavier image. MSA integrated Xavier colors and memorabilia to supplement the character of the space. Within the center, a large anteroom was created with flexible seating. This space also includes a work center niche, where computers, internet access, phones and work surfaces allow visitors to break away if necessary to attend to any business needs. The boardroom was designed to seat 20 people around an impressive conference table.