Sterling College sought to create a new “social entrepreneurship” program for students interested in organizing not-for-profit charitable organizations. To accommodate this developing program, the college decided to renovate and expand Cooper Hall, an 18,800-square-foot limestone building that was constructed in 1887 and is listed on the National Register of COST PER SQ FT$340.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms Places.
To reflect the program’s vision, each floor of the four-story building is dedicated to a different step of the entrepreneurial process: gathering, incubation, learning and reflection.
An addition to the building’s west side provides a welcoming plaza and lobby, as well as new administrative offices and gathering spaces. The second level provides collaborative spaces that incorporate color, lighting and furnishings to create a sheltered place for the development process.
A chapel on the third floor represents the learning and spiritual components of the entrepreneurial concept. The fourth level includes a library and dwelling space for reflecting upon the experiences uncovered within the building.