Centre College, The College Centre

Danville, Kentucky

The College Centre is an expansion and renovation of Sutcliffe Hall and Crounse Academic Center. It creates a state-of the-art academic and recreation/athletic complex.

Housed within the existing Crounse Hall were academic spaces, faculty offices and the Doherty Library. The school needed more classroom space, an increased library capacity of 60,000 volumes and new ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$92.33CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation offices.

Adding onto the existing Crounse structure presented some strategic planning issues, but it provided an opportunity to redefine pedestrian circulation and created a central focus within the academic quadrangle.

The Crounse Hall expansion brings the historic character of the federal-style old Centre, the first campus building built in 1819, into the academic quadrangle.

Bringing the existing 1915 portion of the Sutcliffe Athletic Complex structure up to modern standards was not feasible, so it was replaced with a three-level, 62,701-square-foot building. The masonry facade, milestone band and hip roof of the Sutcliffe facade mimics the recent improvements to the neighboring Crounse Hall.

The imposing entry, two-story windows and redefined pedestrian approach convey a sense of arrival for the new Sutcliffe Hall. Once inside, visitors traverse a concourse with open views into a three-court recreational gym, fitness area, aerobics studio and a lounge. A grand stair leading to the performance gym features displays from Centre’s athletic history.

"The project restores the original grandeur of the campus. Great new space--a dramatic improvement ot the building`s appearance."--2006 jury