Manhattan School of Music, Neidorff-Karpati Hall

Manhattan School of Music is recognized as a premier international conservatory that has trained some of the world’s most celebrated performing artists and has upheld a tradition of excellence in music education for nearly a century. Addressing a series of limitations in the 1931 Auditorium, a new modifiable, one-piece orchestra shell will transform the stage’s acoustical environment to accommodate a full range of musical genres. Additionally, the distinct neo-deco character of the space will be enhanced with updated Interior elements such as textured wall moldings, new house lighting and seating, brass exit signs and unique chair railings.

East Carolina University, Health Sciences Student Center

This hybrid building – both a recreation center and a student center – stands as the defining feature of the campus and sets the stage for a new academic quad. Expressing the student activities within, a multistory pavilion accommodates a coffee shop, sports bar, and open gathering space for the campus community to socialize and relax. The Center promotes a connection to the exterior environment through large open porches.

University of Southern Indiana – Performance Center

From the earliest program discussions, there was no equivocation, the University of Southern Indiana wanted a thrust theatre to suite their educational and greater community purposes. This arrangement allows students to perform alongside professional actors in an intimate setting. The distinctive feature of the Performance Center is the electrified side walls to the stage. Light modulates the walls furnishing a multiple series of possibilities for presentation and teaching. Electrifying the side walls adds richness for theatrical presentations and the ability to alter the character of the space prior, during and after presentations.

University of Southern Indiana, University Center Expansion

The distinguishable cone-shaped USI University Center is an iconic design, recognizable to members of the campus and surrounding community. Celebrating local industries, the center incorporates innovative applications of regional and reclaimed materials. A limestone entryway salvaged from the former historic Orr Iron Building pays homage to an Evansville landmark built by former Indiana governor, Robert D. Orr. One-of-a-kind interior elements formed from materials sourced from area manufacturers include a geometric patterned ceiling made of 1,200 chairs legs, wall coverings made from printed plastic sheeting normally used in the manufacturing of toothpaste tubing, and benches of solid aluminum ingot ends.

Southern Connecticut State University, Buley Library

Located directly inside the library’s main entrance, the Learning Commons includes flexible study environments that accommodate both individual and collaborative learning style. Six study rooms surround the Commons with windows overlooking the quad and the student center. The interior’s open and lively design encourages gathering. An art gallery, career consulting offices, Autism Center, cyber café, rare book room/special collections, and 24-hour study space are other distinguishing programmatic elements in the Buley Library.

Stevens Institute of Technology, Lore-El Center For Women Leadership

The Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership, a residence hall with deep ties to Stevens Institute of Technology, fosters women’s empowerment professionally, socially, and academically. Renovations made to the Center transform the space into a hub for educational programs, social gatherings, guest speakers, and workshops. Movable furniture supports multiple configurations and a newly renovated kitchen permits catering for these special functions. The building celebrates its Victorian roots by preserving wood flooring, door trimmings, and beautiful stained-glass windows. A modern twist is incorporated through updated furnishings and lighting. New wallpaper playfully incorporates a light bulb motif as a homage to engineering and the birth of new ideas. These improvements to the Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership contribute to the richness and diversity of student life on campus and foster an environment to Inspire. Empower. Lead.

Rhode Island College, James P. Adams Library

The James P. Adams Library is the largest building on the Rhode Island College campus, the renovations to the library transform the space into a true academic hub for the 21st century student. The design philosophy was centered around the college motto: Reach. Inspire. Connect. A visual representation of this mantra is a ripple-like spiral pattern; symbolic of drawing students inward to engage in collaborative exploration. The space facilitates this with a variety of furniture types and layouts that accommodate different tasks. The grand gesture of the room is the floor-to-ceiling screen walls. Additionally, the screens add vertically, exaggerating the height of the library. Despite being on the basement level, the room has a vibrancy and life to it. Also located on the same floor is the Student Services Center. Bringing together multiple programmatic spaces that were previously spread across campus, the Center focuses on providing counseling, tutoring, and career help. Carpeting is used as a way-finding tool. Grey flooring serves as a palate cleanser, but transitions to gold as a way to lead students to the tutoring area. The gold opens up the room and is appropriately placed to celebrate the only area on the level that is bathed in natural sunlight.

University of North Texas, Lucille “Lupe” Murchison Performing Arts Center

The Murchison Performing Arts Center functions as both a performance and teaching venue which is tailored to meet the needs of the music program at the University of North Texas.  Suffused with soft, natural light and enveloped by a richly colored interior, the concert hall possesses a sense of intimacy that belies its large seating capacity.  The main hall is an unintimidating space for novice performers to hone their presentation abilities. The lyric theater allows for the staging of small-scale operatic, musical, and experimental vocal performances. Highly visible to commuters on Interstate 35, the rising curved metal roof of the concert hall and the sweeping arc of the glass and clay-wall lobby create a recognizable landmark.  The mix of variously textured Texas limestone, illuminated tile and brick establish the center as a gateway to the university and a distinctive physical presence commensurate with the quality and sophistication of the music program.  Earning immediate critical and public acclaim, the center has joined the ranks of the finest performing arts complexes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Stevens Institute of Technology, Ruesterholz Admissions Center

A reflection of 145 years of campus history and tradition, the Admissions Center makes a lasting first impression for prospective students. Unique to Stevens, five interview rooms each feature a custom designed wall covering reflective of an alumni accomplishment. Bubble wrap, invented by a Stevens graduate, and now depicted in a wall surface, looks so authentic the temptation to touch is irresistible. The center also integrates touch screen technology for an interactive exploration into the Stevens legacy.

Western Connecticut State University, Visual and Performing Arts Center

This project, located on the University’s second campus, organizes and provides clarity to the various grouping of residence halls, sports facilities, and parking areas on a sylvan hilltop. The strong geometric arrangement of building shapes and landscape patterns highlights the entries into the facility and establishes a common central green space for the campus. The arts center is both a bustling academic environment as well as the most visited public place on the campus. As such, the new building provides a strong foundation for future campus development and invites the public to experience the arts.

New Mexico State University, Associated Students of NMSU Center for the Arts

Located at a prominent entry point to a previously introverted campus, the Center serves as a gateway for the community. Drawing from the geographical context, the building is inspired by Southwestern colors, materials, and topography. An ‘arroyo,’ a land formation typical of New Mexico, became inspiration for the multi-story lobby, which resembles a pathway carved by running water in a flat desert environment. Travertine walls, large skylights, site specific murals, and a series of terraces oriented for views of the iconic Organ Mountain range all serve to connect the building to its surrounding landscape.

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Resulting from a partnership between a range of public and private entities, the Performing Arts Center at Francis Marion University forms a new regional artistic hub, attracting audiences from the area and offering educational programs for students at the university.Hosting multiple academic, professional, local, and touring performing arts groups, the main 900-seat multi-purpose hall accommodates a range of performance genres. A patented moveable, one-piece orchestra shell transforms the auditorium from a music environment to a full stage house for theatrical presentations, ensuring optimal acoustics in either setting. Located near the recently completed main library, little theater and future museum, the Center forms an anchor for a growing downtown Florence cultural district.

Ramapo College, Salameno Spiritual Center

In an effort to bring tranquility and spiritual peace to the day-to-day routine of the campus community, the center facilitates formal group services as well as individual meditation and contemplation. The center’s design is a testament to the acceptance of varied spiritual beliefs and multicultural openness.  The faceted exterior of the main space is evocative of an ancient tent, a space hospitable to personal contemplation.  Narrow bands of glass wrap the sides of the structure providing framed views of the pastoral setting.  A north facing clerestory offers illumination during the day or a glimpse of stars at night.

Kent State University, Roe Green Center

The Roe Green Center provides unified, expanded and improved facilities for the School of Theatre and Dance.  With vigorously shaped additions that include a 200-seat black-box theater, three dance studios, and a new lobby, a formerly unremarkable building is metamorphosed into a beacon for the arts.  The banding of multi-colored materials, and use of variously sized masonry blocks with differing finishes, lend the building a sense of rhythm that captures attention when approached from the main campus drive. The Center’s richly textured cantilevered surfaces dapple sunlight in the day, and glow when illuminated at night.

Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University

Three distinct public institutions, (George Mason University, City of Manassas, and Prince William County) armed with a far-reaching vision and persistence, have brought about a singular performing arts facility, the Hylton Performing Arts Center that meets the needs of a multitude of civic and academic constituents. Committed to creating a place special to all, meetings were held throughout the entire process with university personnel and community arts groups to ensure that the final outcome would meet the needs of all the participants. The opera-style performance hall represents a benchmark in modern theater design in terms of compact layout and audience interaction. The tight horseshoe shape and three vertical tiers of boxes create a setting in which no seat is farther than 90 feet from the proscenium. Now, truly a landmark, the building is a key component in the formation of a cultural hub in the region.

University of Missouri- Columbia Student Center

The University of Missouri-Columbia's new Student Center establishes a vibrant hub of student life in the heart of the University's garden-like campus. Through a multi-workshop process with students, university administration, and staff, user input was consistently incorporated throughout the planning, programming, and design process and in securing the overwhelming approval of a student fee referendum. In reference to its mascot, the new student center includes the Tiger Commons for informal socializing and a new two level University Bookstore with an expanded Tiger Tech computer services area. The new student center encompasses seven distinct eating venues that each include an integrated seating area with a decor that complements and completes the theme of the cuisine, accommodating seating for up to 600.

Delaware State University, Student Life Quad

The newly conceived Student Life Quad, with both the new Student Center and the new Wellness Center, anchors the University’s main entrance. Fostering an environment for growth, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center celebrates King’s legacy. A gateway to academic collaboration and social gathering, members of the campus community are brought together in an environment that supports the spirit of fellowship. A glass façade advocates connectivity between the Center and Student Life Quad, promoting the building as an inclusive space. The Wellness Center provides a place for students and community members to congregate, play, and stay fit. The building is one of the most significant structures on campus. It promotes physical well-being and vitality, enhancing the quality of student life while providing a resource that is enjoyed by city residents.

Texas Tech University Student Union Building

Complementing the Spanish Renaissance-inspired campus architecture, the union utilizes a prescribed palette of materials in original ways, resulting in a building that melds with the campus fabric, while maintaining its own distinctive, modern identity. A facility for students funded completely by students, the building is the result of active student participation during the design process and their desire to participate in decisions about their environment. An exuberant, lively, and energetic building, the facility is the “living room of the campus,” encouraging users to congregate with its assortment of variously scaled spaces. With a 60% increase in traffic flow compared with pre-expansion use, the building enhances opportunities for interaction between members of the campus community.

Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts

Eager to cultivate opportunities for cross-disciplinary interactions, various artistic programs at the Shepherd University, in conjunction with a summer theater festival, sought a building that fostered an atmosphere of shared learning and experimentation. Flexible and easily adaptable, the Center for Contemporary Art breaks down learning barriers and enhances the dynamism of collaborative efforts between performers, playwrights, visual artists, and production designers. Designed in three phases, Phase 1 includes art studios, rehearsal spaces, and computer labs while Phase Two houses a 200-seat flexible theater and additional studio and support spaces. Phase Three is forthcoming and will house a proscenium and thrust theater. The Center is also planned as a campus landmark, a gateway into West Virginia, and an icon of contemporary expression within the country's cultural landscape.

United States Military Academy, Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center

The new Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center celebrates the charge to provide a building of quality and character that will be perceived as a progression of past success that also leads to future opportunities. Reinterpreting the campus’s Military Gothic architecture for the 21st century, cadets have wireless access throughout public reading rooms, classrooms, group study rooms, and teaching labs. In the tradition of formal interior spaces on campus, on the building’s topmost floor, the Alexander Haig Room is a space intended for receptions, special events, lectures, and multi-media presentations in addition to serving as group study and academic learning space. Sited on the edge of West Point’s historic training field, parade ground, and athletic space, known as “the Plain,” the building connects to the neighboring structures through its shape, form, and materials. Motifs from cadet uniforms, military medals, seals and inscriptions, provide decorative highlights throughout the library, firmly connecting this forward-looking building to the Academy’s rich traditions.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Performing Arts Center

A nexus for cultural activity and creative expression, dramatic forms, coupled with a vivid palette of materials, highlight the facility’s role in cultivating an atmosphere of artistic exuberance. The crystal clear acoustics of the warm, inviting interiors position the center as the most sought-after performance venue in the region. Alternately intimate and grand, the 1,500-seat hall allows for diverse seating options to accommodate teaching needs as well as performances by professional musical groups.