Bowling Green State University, Kuhlin Center for the School of Media and Communication

Bowling Green, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Champlin Architecture


    Bowling Green State University

  • AREA

    53,000 sq.ft.





Design team:
Heapy Engineering; THP Ltd.; DGL Consulting Engineers; Faris Planning & Design; Janson + Tsai Design Associates; The Systems Group

Kuhlin Center is a rare-for-Ohio example of International-style architecture, prominently situated on the cross-axis of the Traditions Quadrangle and abreast the main vehicular artery fronting the Bowling ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$283.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation campus. As the new home for the school of media and communication, this adaptive reuse is a lesson in sustainability and effective shepherding of financial resources.
The building had profoundly low floor-to-floor heights, uninsulated and seismically concerning exterior walls, little space available for building services, and limited available area for a large studio addition. The design team responded with surprising spatial variety, an improved building envelope, a new mechanical penthouse, and a deftly sited studio addition within the footprint of what had been an adjacent parking lot. The solution maintained the integrity of the historic green.
Kuhlin Center offers technologies and spaces whose very configuration advances learning, enabling students to meet the challenges of technological shifts in journalism, public relations, media production and communication. The heart of the school is a dynamic media convergence lab, strategically astride the main lobby and conspicuously visible from the street. Acoustically sensitive broadcast, production, and editing studios are designed with isolated floors, ceilings, walls, doors, and windows, and spatial configurations were carefully optimized.