The program called for the renovation of an existing classroom building to house the university’s College of Liberal Arts (COLA) offices, departmental offices, classrooms, computer labs and support areas. A major goal of the project was for the renovated facility to provide an identity and image to the COLA and become the focus of student academic life on campus.
To COST PER SQ FT$66.66FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation the goal, the design opened exterior masonry walls on the east, west and north elevations to provide natural light to departmental offices, and allow views of the quad and campus from the new student lounges. The building entry was redesigned to provide a stronger focus and facilitate handicapped access. The interior of the building was opened up vertically. Large openings placed between the first and second floors and additional stair provide an organization of vertical elements within the building and provide a “center” for student activities. Bold colors for interior surfaces and intricate flooring patterns contribute to the lively interior.