Slippery Rock University, Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods

Marshall Township, Pennsylvania

The Regional Learning Alliance Learning and Conference Center at Cranberry Woods is a bold experiment in collaborative adult education. The only facility of its kind to date in the country, this 78,000-square-foot building is the harbinger of a new model in higher education. It brings together 12 of the region’s leading educational providers under one roof to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMZGF PartnershipCOST PER SQ FT$154.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas college-level courses, as well as training programs tailored to the local business community.

The conference center is the only one in the region to be accredited by the IACC (International Association of Conference Centers). In the evenings, the building is transformed into an educational mall, where adult learners can receive educational credits from a number of providers. The building has achieved LEED silver certification.

The facility is designed to respect and enhance the natural features of the site. It consists of two wings that embrace the wetlands, forming an “L” shape on the site. The RLA uses the facility to demonstrate and educate on topics of sustainable-design management and environmental stewardship.

Inside, the facility is designed for maximum flexibility and functionality. The north wing houses the primary conferencing and business-oriented spaces, and the south wing facilitates special training and support functions such as the wellness training and child-development centers. Both wings include conference and classroom spaces, providing a high degree of flexibility.

All of the meeting/training/conferencing spaces are equipped with communication and audiovisual capabilities. The heart of RLA is its atrium, which unifies the building and becomes an interior street.

“Carefully woven into the site, this building capitalizes on its natural surroundings. Interior and exterior spaces relate well.”--2007 jury