The Gerhardinger Center beautifully extends and enhances Notre Dame Hall, the 1929 centerpiece of Mount Mary College. It provides dynamic and flexible new space for the college’s changing needs. The interior’s rich colors and layered forms within a substantial traditional exterior symbolize the college’s dynamic and innovative programs offered within a tradition of COST PER SQ FT$184.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio excellence.
As a relatively small college, Mount Mary needed to maximize flexibility and multiple uses for spaces. The Gerhardinger Center does this, and also greatly enhances accessibility throughout Notre Dame Hall.
The college’s increasing number of nontraditional students needed a place to eat, socialize, study and work in groups. Gerhardinger Center’s cyber cafe, game room, group project rooms and study rooms provide space for these activities, and a flexible lecture theater accommodates a variety of academic and social events.
The college’s existing science facilities were outdated, inflexible and poorly ventilated. New science, lecture and occupational therapy/physical therapy facilities accommodate a varied curriculum through flexible design and technology.