The new Willman Business Center, constructed to facilitate the expansion of the academic business program, provides flexible learning spaces within a corporate atmosphere. The facility includes nine classrooms, a NASDAQ training lab, learning labs, a 150-seat auditorium and informal group study lounges.
Based on its prominent location COST PER SQ FT$267.00FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio campus, the existing building was renovated and expanded as an addition to the campus quad. In lieu of relocating, the building configuration and pedestrian walkways create a welcoming gesture from multiple directions while maintaining density at the center of campus. The business center interprets the existing campus vernacular of natural brick, metal roofs and simple forms. As the building reaches toward the city and sky, it becomes lighter with steel and glass construction, evoking a corporate environment. The design results in a collaborative academic setting that fosters the development of young business professionals.
The building is capped by Yorkview Hall, which hosts dining and other events for up to 300 people. The butterfly roof floats over a glass enclosed space opening to terraces with panoramic views of the city of York.