Maier Hall is a multidisciplinary center for arts, humanities and instructional support programs situated at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Wash. Designed to create a place for students and faculty to engage in the college’s academic community, the new facility serves the college’s mission of becoming the central point for higher and CAPACITY760COST PER SQ FT$283.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio education on the Olympic Peninsula.
Maier Hall is sited harmoniously within the complex landscape of its site, which includes virgin forests, wetlands and an ecologically sensitive ravine—all adjacent to the college campus. It serves as an edge to the existing campus and as a gateway to the wetlands and forest to the south. An open-air breezeway enables students to pass through the building from the campus to the forest and leads them to a viewing platform at the wetland edge.
The building features extensive use of natural light and ventilation, bringing students into direct contact with the unique environment of the campus. The building anticipates a LEED gold certification.
"There is a loft-like quality to the interior spaces that is pleasingly articulated with the structure and materials."--2011 jury