The University of Akron, College of Business Administration Building, Finance Lab

Akron, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Creo Design, Inc.


    Ted Curtis, AIA, NCARB, V.P. for Capital Planning and Facilities Mgmt.

  • AREA

    137 sq.ft.





The finance department of The University of Akron had the vision to produce an environment for teaching and research that would feature advanced multimedia and multiple display capabilities. Multiple sources of market data or industry information can be viewed simultaneously, including the ability for students to project their own information for discussion.

A ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSchumacher DesignsCOST PER SQ FT$189.12FEATURED IN2009 Educational Interiors of the “trading room” concept was selected. The focus was to first create a state-of-the-art facility that not only achieves the functional goals, but also provides a “wow” or marketing aspect for the finance department. Additionally, while working within the limitations of the existing structure, it was essential to maintain the budget, schedule, life-safety and program requirements.

The design team was able to maximize the ceiling height within the lab while maintaining the sprinkler line, ductwork, and HVAC supply-and-return piping. Five stationary tables and additional tablet-arm seating along the rear of the room maximize seating. The windows added to the atrium and the finance department’s reception area enable the “wow” factor to be seen.