Carson-Newman College, Ted Russell Hall

Jefferson City, Tennessee

Ted Russell Hall was designed to satisfy programming functions that support international-business education and family-business education for this 158-year-old, Baptist-affiliated, liberal-arts college. The design needed to embrace advanced instructional-delivery technology and flexibility to adapt to changing curriculum over the life of the structure. At the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$266.83FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms time, Ted Russell Hall had to respect the college’s traditional design context and reinforce its system of values-based education.

The solution was a 30,720-square-foot facility of brick and Indiana limestone with copper roofing. Rooted in the campus’ traditional design aesthetic, the project includes well-placed contemporary elements to help communicate a modern, global business educational mission. The two-story facility offers 12 classrooms and two tiered teaching theaters, conference space, and offices for the business faculty and administration.

The Center for Family Business is situated near the tiered classrooms on the first floor. It serves area family businesses and entrepreneurs. The plaza adjacent to the main entrance serves as a gathering place for Ted Russell Hall and adjacent buildings. A newly completed pedestrian boulevard displaces vehicular traffic to the perimeter and brings the campus a more walkable scale.