Northern Illinois University, Fay-Cooper Cole Hall

DeKalb, Illinois

Using architecture as an integral part of its healing process, Northern Illinois University transformed Cole Hall—the scene of a tragic shooting in 2008—into a collaborative learning environment that university officials see as a national model.

Situated at the heart of the campus, the new Fay-Cooper Cole Hall signifies a bright future for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$140.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation university. The building features a serene, sunlighted lobby with marble benching, a sweeping view of central campus, and three distinctive educational spaces: a state-of-the-art lecture hall, which has seats that swivel 360 degrees to allow for small-group interactions; a new home for the Anthropology Museum, which offers premium exhibition space and a training ground for students; and a computer laboratory designed to cultivate cooperative problem-solving skills.

What had been one of the university’s most outdated facilities is now one of its most advanced. Then NIU president, John Peters, said the project “embodies the ‘Forward, Together Forward’ spirit that binds us all together.”