The Salvation Army College for Officer Training, Mumford Hall Conversion

Chicago, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Harding Partners


    The Salvation Army

  • AREA

    27,100 sq.ft.





The Mumford Hall conversion transforms a cloistered residence hall into a versatile and collaborative learning center for the Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training. The academic program has evolved to include project-based coursework, distance learning and national conferences. The multipurpose room supports these changes with an ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$203.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/LoungesSUB CATEGORYRenovation system for multimedia presentations, musical performances and videoconferencing. The adjacent lounge and conference room support breakout sessions and small-group discussions.

The student body has evolved into a population represented equally by male and female students. Students begin later in life, entering as married students, some with families and others with physical limitations. The renovation supports the diversified population by converting the residence hall rooms and shared restrooms into full apartments. Universal design elements are included throughout, enabling disabled students to engage in activities everywhere, not just in designated areas.

The LEED-certified project uses inexpensive strategies such as superior insulation, daylight harvesting and efficient mechanical systems that reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent.

The Mumford Hall conversion supports the evolving educational and physical needs of students preparing for a life of service in the Salvation Army.

"A thoughtful, well-executed transformation. The facility incorporates sustainable, high-performance design. Effectiveuse of furniture and color."--2010 jury