University of Southern Indiana, Griffin Center

Evansville, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Hafer

  • CLIENT

    University of Southern Indiana

  • AREA

    14,400 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $5,172,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    4/2016

Design team
Jackson Faber, AIA (Architect); Ryan Steinhart, PE, LEED AP (Mechanical Engineer); Matthew Brockman, PE, LEED AP (Electrical Engineer); Dan Engelbrecht, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP (Landscape Architect); Jason Southwell (Interior Designer)

The multipurpose Griffin Center, placed on the wooded edge of Reflection Lake, provides stunning campus views. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$360.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio Hall and additional meeting rooms provide space for conferences, meetings and community events. It is positioned at lake level for direct access to nature and delivers superior views of the university through floor-to-ceiling windows.
A spacious atrium serves as an ideal location for receptions. Adjacent is an elegant president’s study where catered meals for the president and campus guests are enhanced by views past the lake toward the campus skyline beyond.
The beautiful, two-level structure uses glass, stone and highly insulated concrete to blur the line between interior and exterior space. It subconsciously moves the focus of the viewer from the structure back toward the campus. The color white was chosen to reinforce the contrast between architecture and nature, and to allow the structure to be a canvas for contemporary art.
A closed-loop geothermal system uses the lake as its source. This energy-efficient feature will typically experience a payback in three to eight years.