As a product of intimate collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences, Housing and Dining Services, and student groups, the Pavilion was designed to educate students and citizens through hands-on learning, thus creating a building that was itself a teaching tool; become the community “heart” of Laurel Village; revitalize an old residential district to fit modern student needs and provide flexibility for the future; and realize innovative ways to accomplish high-performance goals, drawing inspiration and innovation from context.
The Pavilion is home to the on-campus sustainability advocacy group, the Ecoleaders, whose members use the building both as meeting space and an example of the eco-conscious concepts they promote. Construction tours led by CNS and construction management programs show the community’s pride and investment in this building and fulfill the goals of the building as a teaching tool.
With its native stone, the Pavilion blends seamlessly with campus architecture while the katabatic tower, living slope, living wall, and exceptional design aesthetic with raw steel, reclaimed wood, and living greenery distinguish it as a signature element on campus. The immediately recognizable tower is a design solution adapted from collaborative research on existing passive towers, creating a solution that is at once elegant, effective, and a community landmark. Within a small footprint and with deep connections between the indoors and outdoors, the Pavilion seamlessly meets both academic and student life needs with versatile, flexible, beautiful spaces.
4240 Architecture; also Ambient Energy; Cator, Ruma and Associates; Geiler & Associates; JVA, Inc.; KL&A, Inc.; Russell + Mills Studios