Perkins+Will has recently completed several projects for higher education institutions across the United States. Today, learning happens everywhere: in and out of the classroom, on and off campus, both formal and informal settings. Our buildings for higher education foster a new culture of learning that is increasingly multi-dimensional, global, social, experiential, and interactive.
George A. Weygand Hall, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Weygand Hall houses a Living / Learning Community and a newly integrated Health and Counseling Center. Located on East Campus, the hub of residential life, the building’s 500 beds are organized in 2 distinct yet connected wings: the South Wing houses traditional suites, organized along a double-loaded corridor, while in the North Wing, the suites are organized within a single-loaded corridor and around Living/Learning Pods overlooking the central courtyard. The project is tracking LEED® Gold certification
University at Albany - SUNY, New School of Business, Albany, New York
Advancing the University at Albany’s bold strategic vision, the School of Business serves as a 21st-century hub of innovative learning in commerce and entrepreneurship and also engages a growing local community and network of global partners. The new building is significant as a symbol of the School’s mission of accessibility and openness, but also distinctive because of its architectural context on a modernist campus designed by Edward Durell Stone. As sleek and elegant as it is efficient, the 96,000-square-foot facility serves 1,600 students and is tracking LEED® Gold certification.
Appalachian State University, Honors & Engagement Community and Plemmons Student Union Expansion, Boone, North Carolina
The Honors & Engagement Community and the Plemmons Student Union Expansion are the result of a plan for an academic village that creates spaces for honors students to live and learn within the larger campus community, that fosters early integration of students into the honors program and develops a highly visible place for the University's "community of scholars" that symbolizes academic excellence on campus. The new Honors and Engagement Community pro¬vides a place for honors students to live and learn within a larger campus community and houses 333 beds, classrooms, and offices. With 12 new meeting spaces, the Plemmons Student Union Expansion has doubled the number of rooms available to students and campus organizations. The 58,000-square-foot addition was designed to meet LEED® Gold certification.
University of Florida, Clinical Translational Research Building, Gainesville, Florida
The new Clinical Translational Research Building (CTRB) is an interdisciplinary research facility serving the Clinical Translational Science Institute programs at the University of Florida (UF) and Shands HealthCare. With its strong, dynamic culture of individuals collaborating to make advances in medicine, the CTRB pushes the implementation of science from “bench to bedside” to “bedside to curbside.” At its center are the core values of innovation, transformation and transparency. On a microcosmic scale within the facility, data is transformed from reference to research to implementation. On a national scale, the CTRB positions itself as a national leader in data collection and translation, a progressive institution that evolves and transforms with need and time.
Northeastern University, Satellite Campus, Seattle, Washington
Northeastern University's extension campus is designed to enhance the University's hybrid graduate degree offerings by providing local access to classroom courses. The client requested a space with "gusto" - the clear glass lower level provides inviting views of contemporary design for the street outside and Amazon's headquarters across the street. The design maximized the use of space on a small footprint, taking advantage of the generous 18-foot floor-to-floor height by creating a mezzanine level for administrative offices. The offices have clear glass fronts that keep the interior views open, giving the space an expansiveness that belies its square footage, and demonstrates transparency between administration and students. Floor-to-ceiling clear glass windows also allow for the maximum daylight available to flood the rooms, cutting energy use for both heating and lighting. These factors and other sustainable elements, including the use of recycled materials and energy-efficient lighting, mean the campus is on track to be certified LEED® Platinum.
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