The architectural strategy for this expansion project was to develop new spaces and reorganize existing configurations in response to the tremendous increase in the college’s student population. The program goals were defined relative to the educational curriculum and the culture of the institution.
Key components included creating a distinctly welcoming social COST PER SQ FT$141.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas by providing multiple places to gather and interact, new laboratory classrooms, a centralized student-services center and an expanded childcare area, in addition to corridor alcoves and lobby areas.
The design solution for this commuter-based college campus consisted of a 26,000-square-foot addition and 18,000 square feet of renovated space in the existing building dating from 1972.
A new east entry curtainwall vestibule provides a much-needed designated front entry to the main building and places the entry path square on axis with the main rotunda. Oversized nodes encourage interaction as students and faculty pass and connect.
Durable and attractive materials were specified to withstand maintenance and abuse.