Connected to a high-profile business incubator, the three-story, 53,000-square-foot Anderson University (AU) Flagship Center needed to house a diverse mix of users: students of AU’s new “live-in” MBA program, undergraduates of Purdue University’s College of Technology, business professionals, and various administrators and faculty. Because of this, the design ASSOCIATED FIRMTechedviseCOST PER SQ FT$161.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas common spaces that would enhance the synergy among groups.
In the main concourse, abundant daylighting offers an open and connected feel, and groupings of lounge furniture promote spontaneous connections and impromptu meetings. Combining warm wood finishes, sleek metal accents and simple lines helps fuse the academic and professional nature of the building. The cafe’s central location directly off the concourse enables easy access for nearby professionals desiring a quick bite to eat, space for evening networking events, and yet another connecting point for all users.
Opportunities for connection are spaced throughout the building, from small student lounges and private conference areas to the larger banquet hall and auditorium. Designed to host conferences, professional meetings and academic lectures, the auditorium’s state-of-the-art technology, including dime-sized microphones built in at every seat, promotes more effective communication. Its semicircular layout allows the 160-person space to feel more intimate and offers face-to-face sightlines.
Filled with activity both day and evening, this multi-faceted education center exudes a sense of energy and connects its users.