ONCE CRAMPED FOR SPACE AND housed in five separate buildings, the School of Architecture at Woodbury University (Calif.) now has both a dramatic anchor and room to grow.
--Function: A 19,000-square-foot new facility for the School of Architecture houses studios, critique spaces, support spaces, and a multipurpose room.
--Challenge: Once a small program at Woodbury, the architecture school has experienced 60 percent growth over the last several years. Now it’s the largest undergraduate major on Woodbury’s 22-acre Burbank campus, explains David Rosen, senior vice president. Upperclassmen were generally grouped together, but first- and second-year students worked and studied in more removed areas. Each student has his or her own dedicated workspace, but in ensuring that, Rosen says, “we were really strained.” Also, temporary buildings had to be used for lecture space at times.
--Solution: Architect Mark Rios says the “goal was to create a timeless, integrated campus building,” and the project was approached as “two distinct but associated masses: the architectural studies space and the multipurpose, all-school space.” Each floor of the studies section contains 5,000 square feet of studio space and 1,500 square feet of critique space. Personal workstations are about 35 feet each, with flexible furniture so that students can build their own desks. The 1,700-square-foot multipurpose room provides additional critique space and is a spot for lectures and exhibitions for the whole school.
The building serves as an anchor that completes the architecture school’s quad, which courtyards make even more inviting. Exterior features include exposed masonry and concrete blocks with different patterns and colors, which are set at alternative angles to create various textural patterns and shadows. “It gives the program a physical focus. It really brings everyone together,” says Rosen. “You feel the excitement of the creative energy there as well as the excitement and pleasure of community. It’s a wonderful place to be.”
--Cost: $8.5 million
--Timeline: Opened in February 2008, dedicated in October 2008
--Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios (Los Angeles)
--CONSTRUCTION OF A 153,000-SQUARE-FOOT CAMPUS CENTER AT THE RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY: Part of Stockton’s 10-year master plan to upgrade facilities and enhance the campus community, the center will help accommodate the college’s growing enrollment while preserving its tradition of environmental responsibility by striving for LEED Gold certification. Phase one cost $3.7 million, and phase two was up for bid as of press time. KSS Architects and VMDO Architects designed the building to include outstretched trusses, meant to be evocative of tree branches. Early 2011 completion is scheduled.
--RENOVATION AND EXPANSION OF WALLACE WADE STADIUM AT DUKE UNIVERSITY, FIRST OPENED IN 1930: The four-phase, $75-million project will upgrade the football stadium’s immediate surroundings; add concessions, restrooms, a press box, and a ticket pavilion; provide accessible seating and soft boxes; add a covered colonnade on two sides and new entry gates; and increase capacity by 4,000 seats. Goals include improving the fan experience and enhancing game-day pageantry, while achieving LEED certification for various elements. RATIO Architects was contracted for building and landscape design. A 2010 completion is expected.