Bloomfield College, Renovations to Talbott Hall

Bloomfield, New Jersey

Bloomfield College, having recently constructed a new library, looked to find a way to best use its old 1950s-era library. The campus needed facilities to house its technology programs, so Talbott Hall was renovated to meet this need. The project required gutting the interior, building out interior spaces, and installing a new elevator, building systems ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$138.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation windows.

Program requirements included technology-based classrooms, computer labs, offices, a help desk and tech work space.

Design challenges:

-To respect the formal 1950s building while introducing a new high-technology use.

-To efficiently use small floor plates and improve movement from floor to floor.

-To integrate technology infrastructure.

-To creatively use the old book stack areas with narrow spaces and low ceilings.

-To provide barrier-free access to five separate levels.

Design approach:

-Use a vocabulary of architectural elements, and finish and furniture selections that respects the 1950s-era building, and expresses the building’s new “technology” use.

-Situate offices in the old book stack portion of the building leaving the ceiling structure exposed to increase height, allowing classrooms to be situated in the larger front part of the building.

-Introduce stairs in the lower-level lobby to provide easy and open access to three levels.

-Provide barrier-free access by instaling two chairlifts and a new elevator, and raising the entry platform.