Hollister Hall, the first building seen upon entering Babson’s campus entrance, was a stodgy industrial 1920s brick box filled with a warren of cramped offices.
The hall was transformed inside and out into an appealing showpiece and vibrant student-services center. The facade is enlivened with glassy projecting stair towers and bay windows. The new main entrance COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio the building toward the academic complex and adds two glazed conference rooms. A glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge brings students from the new campus center directly into the hall’s core.
A two-story atrium, carved from the wood and steel structure, makes an active gathering place that is surrounded by glazed offices of student affairs, career services, international programs, undergraduate programs and class deans.
Light maple, painted walls and coffered ceilings contrast with cherry-stained columns and storefront glazing system, reflective stainless-steel accent strips and patterned terrazzo floor, creating a classic but stylish space.
Health services and the college document center are located on the first floor, and student financial services, academic records and humanities faculty offices on the third are semiprivate but convenient for student access.
Conference and teleconference rooms, and fine-arts classrooms have networked computer and audiovisual projection equipment. Walk-up computer stations are scattered public spaces for student information access.
Photographer: ©Steve Rosenthal