The new classroom building was the No. 1 priority for the University of Southern Indiana, fulfilling its need for additional academic space, as well as becoming the first building in the new master-plan design.
Situated to anchor the main quadrangle of the university, the building houses the largest academic unit on campus—the School of ASSOCIATED FIRMEdmund Hafer & AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$124.60FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio Arts. General-purpose classrooms, specialized classrooms, computer labs, electronic labs, foreign-language labs and distance-learning classrooms are included in this facility. Specialized areas include music classrooms/rehearsal space, a theatre/classroom to be used as a black-box theater, a radio and TV studio, and psychology laboratory. More than 100 faculty and staff offices and support spaces also are housed in the facility.
Transparency of the central public spaces allows for a visual connection both to and from campus. Building materials reinforce traditional concepts by creating a classic limestone and glass form anchored to the ground with a strong masonry base. The theater classroom and music-rehearsal spaces are masonry and stone pavilions, identifying these unique functions in form and location.
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