Pace University Law School, The New York State Judicial Institute

White Plains, New York

The institute is a training center for state judges and their staffs. It is the first such facility in the nation, providing continuing education and professional training for a court system on the campus of a university law school. The centerpiece is a 160-seat stepped training room with dais stage that is used for classes and moot court sessions. Other major elements ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$285.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms three breakout rooms for smaller classes, two conference rooms, a business center, small law library, a multiuse dining room, telecommunications linked to the university and Statewide Unified Court System, and teleconference capabilities.

A challenge was to design the building to fit a tight urban site on the north side of the campus in the shadow of other academic buildings. Materials including yellow brick, limestone, Westchester granite and gray metallic detailing blend with the existing campus architecture.

A prominent entrance uses a curving wall and cylinder-shaped atrium that reaches up and brings illumination down into the core of the building, filling it with natural light. The cylinder creates bright, airy conference areas inside, and the curving surfaces aid in the flow of the building and make it seem larger. The final product is a building that is functional, appropriate to the site and beautiful.