The charge from Ashland University was to create a facility that will set the standard for business schools throughout the country. The building provides the physical setting to deliver a team-based, innovative education for business leaders of tomorrow.
The university requested that the building relate to the neighborhood and be compatible with the styles of the COST PER SQ FT$168.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio campus buildings across the street. The solution is a two-story structure inspired by the Georgian tradition, but incorporating large areas of glass and vaulted spaces inside.
The project was funded primarily through the generosity of two benefactors. To recognize these sources, the building was designed in two halves, with two major entries and two atrium spaces. The most notable program spaces on the first floor include the executive education center, a room designed for flexible multimedia programming and corporate workshops, and a trading room—a learning laboratory with 20 stations that function as an investment-management firm’s trading desk.
The second floor includes several classrooms, a faculty library/lounge and three conference rooms. Faculty offices are on the exterior walls, allowing each to have a window. The interior architectural details, finishes and furnishings emulate a traditional corporate environment within a cutting-edge learning institution.