North Carolina A&T State University, Proctor School of Education
Greensboro, North Carolina
Square Footage: 60,263
2010 AIA Triangle Merit Award
2009 AIA North Carolina Merit Award
The 60,000-square-foot program is comprised primarily of classroom and office space. The desire to create an interactive social hub throughout the facility plays a key role in organizing student/faculty lounge spaces, conference rooms, and public circulation. Beyond program needs, the School of Education had aspirations to recognize and express its history as well as its potential future role within the University. The project takes an additional step in fulfilling the Master Plan goals of the University by further defining the central green space of the campus.
The Education Building is organized into two ‘bars’ about a central street and atrium space. The western bar, which contains primarily faculty offices, takes advantage of the views of the quad and bell tower and is seen as a more permeable volume. The eastern bar contains classrooms and is articulated as a more opaque volume that addresses the vehicular scale of Benbow Road. This classroom bar cantilevers out over the auditorium space and an open-air plaza to define a gateway to the campus green and bell tower plaza for pedestrians entering campus from Benbow Road to the east. The main administrative offices and Dean’s suite are placed at the north end of the classroom bar to provide a level of privacy relative to the public zones as well as a strong visual connection to the campus green and bell tower.
The central street which connects the two ‘bars’ and parallels the east edge of the campus green is conceptually at the heart of the scheme. More than a simple means of circulation through campus and the building, the space is seen as the social hub of the entire building. This atrium is designed to encourage interaction and socialization between faculty, administration, and students. The ground floor of the space is activated by the student lounge, furniture groupings in the atrium, the auditorium, general and model classrooms, and the administration suites with the most direct relationship to the visiting public.