The new 73,000 gsf Center houses the publicly-accessed offices of the College, such as Admissions and Bursar’s Office. Located adjacent to the main campus entrance, the building serves as the “front door” to the campus. The building is not only the initial stop for first-time visitors to the college, but also provides a crucial link between the campus and the community. The new facility is frequently used for public events, and the tiered auditorium easily accommodates guest lecturers.
The introduction of natural light and warmth were the initial cues for the design. All office spaces and upper floor pathways are provided with natural light. Another critical requirement was to design a building that allows easy movement through each of the sequence of spaces. Building energy efficiency was a primary design criterion and the technologies employed serve as examples of current technology to the staff and students at the institution.