The goal of the project was to design a building that would bring the university into the 21st century and create a center that would be conducive and friendly to learning. The building also would need to allow educators to be inventive and inspired in their approach to teaching using methods, programs and tools that are the latest in the world of education.
To ASSOCIATED FIRMSHWCOST PER SQ FT$151.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio this mission, the architect created a four-story, 110,000-square-foot facility that houses the entire College of Education for the university.
The Neoclassic design approach is integrated with the latest in construction technology. Each aspect of teaching is addressed as a center within the structure.
Students, faculty and staff are not physically limited in their pursuit of knowledge. There are more than 1,100 dataports available for laptop computers to access the campus computer network and Internet from within the building.
The facility houses a regional conference center, math center, science center, computer center, counseling and testing center, learning and literacy center and educational policy center. There are 18 classrooms, two distance-education classrooms, lecture halls, study lounges, offices and the early learning center for grades 1-3.
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