Washington & Jefferson College, The Howard J. Burnett Center

Washington, Pennsylvania

A new academic quadrangle and campus boundary were established with the construction of this cornerstone building. Designed with a 30-degree bend in the plan, the building shape responds to a diagonal shift in the city grid and the architects’ master plan.

The simple floor plan uses common areas to link classrooms to faculty offices. Adjoining atrium spaces and the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$170.00CITATIONLouis I. Kahn CitationFEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio stair interconnect floor levels to promote communication among disciplines. The classrooms are varied; tiered seating, a 130-seat auditorium, special tower rooms and outdoor plazas provide various learning environments.

The construction materials—granite, limestone, slate and copper—create substantial quality and relate to antecedents. Traditional elements were incorporated, such as the tower and an equipment “chimney.”

Interior finishes, such as cherry wood, veneer plaster and wool carpet, are built to last. Indirect cove lighting accentuates the high ceilings. Cast- iron balusters, salvaged from the first residence hall, are included in the railing fabrications. Window assemblies and roof monitors mark important plan areas, flood the building with daylight and open the building to significant vistas.

"A striking edifice for the pursuit of academic excellence"--Jury 2002