Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business, Rike Hall Renovation

Dayton, Ohio

The renovation of Rike Hall provided the opportunity to create modern, flexible classrooms; vibrant student spaces; and a new image for the Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business.

The architect worked with the university to develop prototypical teaching spaces that will serve as model “classrooms of the future.” Flexibility was a key requirement and was ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$80.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation through the lighting and furnishings concepts. High-quality indirect lighting was used for general illumination, and multi-level switching and task lighting at the teaching walls create flexibility for varied teaching methods. Movable furnishings in the smaller classrooms allow for simple reconfiguration, and support a range of teaching styles and organizations.

Creative design of public areas and classrooms alike was critical to the project’s success. Corridors, student spaces and offices were provided with a consistent level of refinement, resulting in a cohesive solution. Functional amenities, such as seating, display space and technology connections, were provided throughout, allowing learning to spill out of the classrooms and into adjacent public areas.

“Very cost-effective while being innovative. Nice ceilings and indirect lighting.”--2008 jury