The Vandenberg Learning Center is on the SUNY New Paltz campus in upstate New York. The architect was hired by the State University Construction Fund to complete an $8.5 million interior and exterior renovation of the 43,000-square-foot building, which was constructed in 1930. All floors were reconfigured to accommodate new offices, a multimedia room and classrooms to ASSOCIATED FIRMLoring EngineersCOST PER SQ FT$197.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas new programmatic needs.
Converting the building presented two design challenges. First, because of the length of the corridor, the design breaks down the scale into smaller zones through wall, ceiling and light articulation. Second, gathering nooks for students were designed with seating and writing surfaces. Warm, sophisticated colors were incorporated into the design to provide a more corporate image for the business school.
New mechanical systems were part of the design, as well as a sophisticated audiovisual system and wireless technology to be used in the lecture rooms.