Butler University, Richard M. Fairbanks Center for Communication and Technology

Indianapolis, Indiana

The facility is designed to accommodate the departments of telecommunication arts, computer science, communication studies and journalism. The building includes the new on-campus home for public-television station WTBU and a recording studio.

The site offered several challenges because it crossed several campus utilities and had a limited size because of the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$173.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized and existing buildings. The building placement responds to the potential views and existing campus buildings with a minimum impact on the campus infrastructure.

One challenge to the architecture involved promoting interaction among the faculty and students of the four departments. This is addressed not only by the exterior form of the building, but also by the interior arrangement of spaces. More than half of the exterior skin is precast concrete, detailed to blend with the existing campus vernacular, English Revival. The remainder of the enclosure, on the canal side and along the primary circulation corridor, is floor-to-ceiling glass to highlight the views and capture natural light. Student soft spaces occur periodically along the corridor. These spaces are expressed on the canal side as projected bow windows to indicate their importance to the spatial organization.