The University of Akron, Gary and Karen Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing

Akron, Ohio

  • FIRM

    TC Architects


    The University of Akron

  • AREA

    18,000 sq.ft.





The architect was selected to design this 18,000-square-foot renovation on the fifth floor of the existing Polsky Building, which more than doubled the size of the institute. The building’s original rough brick walls, concrete columns and much of the structural ceilings and ductwork have been left exposed. Ceilings were added where acoustics, aesthetics and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$79.77FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation dictated. Angled walls and carpet graphics connect spaces, and provide interest and sense of movement. Warm, saturated paint colors were used to add character and de-institutionalize the learning environment.

The Taylor Institute focuses on the database marketing formats of telemarketing, e-marketing, interactive television and other types of response marketing. The hands-on/real-life curriculum called for a variety of specialty labs and classrooms including creative, data mining, telemarketing, e-marketing, direct response, focus group and Internet usability labs; an infomercial studio/editing room; interactive marketing classroom; observation room; seminar and conference rooms; tiered classroom; interactive presentation; library; informal presentation/event/lounge; and business incubator suite. Design solutions for these spaces were developed in close collaboration with the university and through research into special spatial, acoustical, orientation and lighting needs.