Academic Building, Weatherford CollegeAcademic Building, Weatherford College | Architecture | Sustainability / LEED Design | Programming / Strategic Planning | Interior Design | Construction Administration | Graphics
The Academic Building is the first new classroom building added at Weatherford College in 20 years. As such, it brings a wealth of new technology and amenities to the educational experience at the school. The 40,618-square-foot building is the new home for 12 general classrooms, 10 science laboratories, faculty offices, student services, and support functions. The Academic Building was sited in the heart of the campus adjacent to the library. This site included a stone memorial arch and other historical artifacts from the 1922 graduating class. These were carefully removed and reinstalled in the main entry plaza on the south side of the new building, and a new memorial flagpole plaza was introduced adjacent to the student gathering area. The overall design incorporates many sustainable features to improve energy efficiency.
Rees-Jones Hall, TCURees-Jones Hall, TCU | Architecture | Interior Design | Construction Administration
This 62,000 square-foot facility houses academic classrooms, faculty offices, interdisciplinary space, library functions, an incubator lab and an ideas factory for both students and faculty. This is a collaboration between Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford and CannonDesign. The building is also home to the TCU Energy Institute and the Institute for Child Development. A pedestrian air bridge connects Reese-Jones Hall and the Mary Couts Burnett Library.
TCU’s Spring 2015 Magazine* describes the building this way: “In Rees-Jones Hall, students use smartphones and tablets to reserve time in private study rooms, which fill quickly. Soaring hallways are covered with quotations, factoids and graphics. The silver-level LEED-certified building is as environmentally thoughtful as it is intellectually inviting. Smart water fountains keep visible count of plastic water bottles saved.
Rees-Jones Hall has 11 classrooms equipped with dual input wireless projectors, document cameras and video players. A wireless control panel the size of a brick manages the gadgetry. Faculty members can show a YouTube video on one screen and PowerPoint slides on the other, or an Excel spreadsheet, or a journal article.
Rees-Jones Hall is open to all disciplines, so “the building belongs to nobody but is available to everybody,” said Nowell Donovan, university provost. In the hall’s first two semesters, 31 departments from all eight TCU colleges conducted classes there, led by 74 faculty members. Twenty-four of them teach more than one course in the building.”
Caruth Hall, SMUCaruth Hall, SMU | Architecture | Sustainability / LEED Design | Programming / Strategic Planning | Interior Design | Master Planning | Construction Administration | Graphics
At 64,000 square feet on four levels, the new Caruth Hall anchors the engineering quad and provides a large outdoor gathering area. This technology-driven instruction and research facility houses academic and faculty offices for the School of Engineering, the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, as well as the Engineering Management, Information and Systems (EMIS) and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) departments. The building also is home to a number of leading-edge institutes and centers, enhancing its distinction among national engineering educational facilities.
Brown-Lupton University Union, TCUBrown-Lupton University Union, TCU | Architecture | Sustainability / LEED Design | Programming / Strategic Planning | Interior Design | Master Planning | Construction Administration | Graphics
Located at the heart of the TCU campus, the 135,000-square-foot Brown-Lupton Union powerfully anchors and unifies the university’s newly created Student Commons, which is entered from the building itself or through an archway in the center of the building. Identifiable by a landmark 130-foot bell tower, the new three-story building surrounds a plaza that features outdoor dining, a fountain, shade trees, and a covered arcade. In tandem with neighboring residence halls and other student-life facilities, the Union completes numerous outdoor activity areas. Project design documents were developed utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM).