Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Olin Advanced Learning Center

Terre Haute, Indiana

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology consistently has been acknowledged as one of America’s premier undergraduate engineering and science colleges with a strong emphasis upon the value of hands-on learning. The goal was to provide classrooms of the future through learning space that is flexible enough to permit frequent reconfiguration and to accommodate the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY200COST PER SQ FT$155.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio evolution of curricular content and educational technology.

The Olin Advanced Learning Center is an 18,000-square-foot, two-story structure containing eight state-of-the-art classrooms, a student study lounge and a new entry. Conceived as an L-shaped building, the center creates an outdoor courtyard defined by the original Olin Hall and nearby Templeton Hall.

Each classroom is outfitted for computer-assisted teaching utilizing multiple audiovisual enhancement and projection systems. A flexible underfloor power and data network grid enables workstations, projectors and other devices to be located anywhere within the room and to be easily relocated. This built-in flexibility allows the same room to be used for seminar rooms, a traditional lecture forum, a computer laboratory, or a language and writing laboratory, all in the same day.

Students simultaneously can access the campus network or make Internet connections. Different room configurations allow students to work in a variety of simulated team environments.