The concept was to provide a high-technology business school on the historic DeLand campus of Stetson University.
A run-down, six-story bank building was gutted to start this 18-month project. Natural light permeates the atrium that was carved through the center of the building, from the skylight to the below-grade cyber cafe. The renovated Business Center contains CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$123.13FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio classrooms, five conference rooms/classrooms, 50 faculty offices and seven conference rooms. Synthetic stucco and high-performance glass clad the building’s exterior. Two adjacent brick buildings house an auditorium and multiuse spaces. These buildings, with sloped metal roofs, blend contextually with the campus aesthetic.
Early meetings highlighted Stetson’s commitment to the environment: the facility received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This cutting-edge classroom building is a showcase of sustainable design that combines environmentally sensitive planning, siting, architectural design and energy-efficient building systems.