Housing both the Jack Welch College of Business (COB) and the School of Communication and Media Arts (SCMA), the Martire Center is a dynamic multi-disciplinary nexus located on a gateway site at the campus’s northern edge. A goal for the SCMA and the building was to provide real-world, hands-on experience for students to prepare them for rapidly evolving and increasingly global careers. Since the new building houses both the COB and SCMA, it needed to successfully knit together a wide range of program elements with unique pedagogical needs while also creating opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration. The building is a new model for how these two areas of study can intersect.
The interrelationships between site location, building orientation, program organization, and building materials informs the architectural strategy: east and west walls work as frames, north and south façades work as portals, and skylights above illuminate the heart of the building.
Working closely with Sacred Heart’s leadership, the design team created interior and exterior spaces that bring a new level of hands-on learning and engagement to the Sacred Heart community. The resulting building is a dynamic multi-disciplinary nexus that evolved into a beacon, further reinforcing the university’s commitment to a forward-looking mission.
Sasaki Associates, Inc.; also Turner Construction Company; Simpson Gumpertz and Heger; Rist-Frost Shumway Engineering; Acentech; LAM Partners Inc.