Rawls Hall is remarkable in that it both stands out and fits in, balancing distinctiveness with contextual ease. Its strikingly modern design is a reflection of the school’s pre-eminent role in training technology-based MBAs.
The building is a landmark structure that forms a gateway to the university while making a graceful transition from the West Lafayette retail CO FIRMGoody Clancy and AssociatesASSOCIATED FIRMFink Roberts & Petrie, Inc.; LAM Partners, Inc.; Acentech, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$157.29FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio to the Purdue campus.
Organized around a central daylighted, “crossroads” space that forms the heart of the school, Rawls serves as a meeting place for faculty and students. Designed to support the school’s collaborative teaching philosophy, the program includes 11 classrooms, breakout rooms for small-group meetings and a 215-seat lecture hall.
Above all, Purdue wanted a state-of-the-art teaching facility. In response, the architects developed four specialized teaching spaces—an economics-simulation lab, a behavioral-study lab, a computer lab and a distance-learning center—as well as a 4,000-square-foot student forum, where students and faculty can make presentations to visiting business professionals. Also included are interactive classrooms and offices for recruitment and job placement, administration and faculty.