Boston University approached the architect with a project for two lecture halls in its College of Arts and Science building. The rooms would be used as teaching, lecture and presentation spaces by a variety of disciplines. The program requirements necessitated renovation and modernization of the space, including finishes, audio-
visual components and ASSOCIATED FIRMKristine Stoller Interior DesignCOST PER SQ FT$290.84CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms systems. In addition, each room had to be made handicapped-accessible without diminishing the amount of student seating.
The response was to strip each lecture hall to its core and shell, and introduce new and modern materials. Finishes were chosen based on audiovisual necessity depending on function during lectures and presentations. Modern audiovisual components were brought in, including high-definition projectors and wide-format screens. Wireless capability and camera installation were included for future off-site broadcasts. Lighting fixtures were installed along with dimming controls and automatic window shades. A new air-handling system regulates and enhances the interior climates.
“This project revitalizes two old, outdated lecture halls into state-of-the-art facilities with all the amenities. The overall design provides a warm and timeless environment for students and staff.”--2009 jury