September 1998 marked the opening of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University in Houston. This three-story, 76,000-square-foot structure, accommodating 2,000 students, creates an environment that stimulates human interaction, promotes academic interchange and simulates a corporate business environment. The interior of the building, with open CAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$126.00FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas and sitting areas, encourages interaction among students.
A fundamental design concept was to merge two different lifestyles: a studious, academic environment and a professional, solutions-based Fortune 500 company. Team meeting rooms are designed and used for interaction, much like corporate conference rooms are used.
Building finishes reflect the merger of academics and corporate. “Academic” materials, like cast stone, brick, prefinished aluminum and punched windows were combined with “corporate” cherry wood paneling, marble and beveled glass. Extensive Bottocino marble on the walls and polished terrazzo flooring were used in the dramatic three-story lobby, the central area from which the classrooms evolve.
Photographer: ©Joe C. Aker