University of Akron, Arts & Sciences Classroom/Office Building

Akron, Ohio

  • FIRM

    URS Corporation

  • CLIENT

    University of Akron & Office of the State Architect

  • AREA

    127,211 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $16,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2002

This building was designed to create a strong new archetype for the university’s new campus master plan and to anticipate a more collegial vocabulary for a rejuvenated campus. Situated on a significant intersection near the center of the campus, the building frames a new campus “green” and becomes an architectural gateway.

The building’s large program splits ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$126.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio departments, offices for staff, classrooms, computer labs and biology laboratories between two four-story masonry masses, which are situated about an equally tall winter garden. These masses are woven through with the modern, three-story curved bar and the large glazed portions of the winter garden. The red brick, punched-window vocabulary of the lower three stories are topped with a recessed fourth story clad in Indiana limestone and a projecting eave. The winter garden has become a popular gathering space on campus.