The goal for this project was to create a new home for Elon University’s growing business program with a design that supports the university’s student-focused approach to education. The challenge was to create energizing spaces that promote the program’s goal of student engagement. In the words of the university’s dean of the business school, “student engagement, with COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio many areas for the students, is what this building is all about.”
The exterior of the new business school is inspired by the Federal architecture of the surrounding campus. Inside, the three-story, 60,000-square-foot building is anything but traditional. The spaces are open and filled with natural light. A two-story lobby and main hall lead to a three-story atrium capped with a skylight. Here, faculty offices are arranged in a half-circle and open onto a quiet study area adjacent to the atrium—a floor plan that fosters interaction among students and faculty.
The facility accommodates a digital theater that is wired for videoconferencing and multimedia presentations, a finance center that provides real-time data from global financial markets, moot-court classrooms, tiered large-group presentation rooms, seminar rooms, and classroom and breakout rooms designed to encourage group discussion and activities.