Old andnew are stitched together in this mixed-academic use building in the heart of ahistoric campus. This 145,000 square foot, collegiate Jacobethan buildingconsists of a complex program of classrooms, laboratories, offices, andlearning commons which are arranged much like a building in a dense urbansetting: very public and porous spaces at the ground floor level and a varietyof semi-public/private spaces for seven academic departments "housed"in the upper four floors.
Themixed-used program is celebrated by the intersection of horizontal and vertical- circulation and transparency. This concept is accentuated by a five-storyatrium and curtain wall - providing each academic unit an identity within thebuilding. Daylight, reflective surfaces, bright colors, and selective use ofglazing provide a dynamic and welcoming backdrop to engage student activity,comfort, and collaboration.
Therenovation (67,000 SF) and addition (78,000 SF) are distinguished by inventivedetails; distinguishing use of materials and color; and, organization ofprogrammatic elements to maximize the spatial opportunities within its adaptivereuse. The tailored and warm character of the 1930's collegiate Gothic and artdeco interiors are contrasted - yet complimented by - the crisp and vibrant,contemporary finished of the atrium and addition. Many of the existing buildingelements were retained and refreshed to create spaces layered with history andmeaning.
Avariety of shared spaces are provided to encourage a multi-disciplinary live,learn, and play environment. Many non-programmed spaces were provided to helpstudent engage with one another and to connect diverse colleges and programs.
The renovation and additionwere constructed to achieve a 60% energy reduction according to principles ofthe 2030 Challenge and is certified LEED Gold.