The renovation of Crawford Hall, designed in 1968, recaptures the mid-century building’s original spirit. Underutilized space on the first and ground levels was reclaimed as the SAGES/Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence Center.
Key components of the SAGES program are comfortable, attractive and functional seminar rooms adjacent to informal ASSOCIATED FIRMKarpinski EngineeringCOST PER SQ FT$122.30FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation spaces. The Inamori Center adds large-scale flexible meeting spaces that are suitable for hosting academic conferences. SAGES Cafe connects the upper- and lower-level academic spaces.
First-floor existing partitions and dropped ceilings were removed and replaced with suspended, sloped acoustical panels with an integrated lighting system to support the SAGES program’s open plan. The panels create a visual pattern that unifies programmatic elements. Suspended wood ceiling panels serve a similar purpose on the lower-level Inamori Center.
Flexible teaching spaces are a requirement of both SAGES and Inamori. Movable furnishings allow for alternative teaching configurations in small seminar rooms, as well as large classrooms. Retractable sliding walls in the Inamori Center create a Japanese sense of spatial subdivision, and permit a quick and easy transformation of seminar rooms into large classrooms, meeting rooms or banquet rooms.