The Colonnade’s code deficiencies, inefficient infrastructure, and worn interiors reflected decades of use. Offices were inadequate, spaces for interaction were sparse, technology was an afterthought, and there weren’t any bathrooms on the third floors. A pre-planning study was undertaken to help frame key issues of interest. These issues were vetted in formal meetings and open, informal sessions utilizing survey techniques and “visual questionnaires” depicting a range of project approaches. Broad participation yielded a range of aspirations, opportunities, and innovative solutions.
The historic fabric of each building was evaluated and prioritized, ascertaining the level of integrity each space had retained relative to their original condition. The exterior appearance and character of the buildings had traditionally been well maintained by the university, so exterior renovations focused on refurbishment: repointing, repainting, repair of damaged elements, always prioritizing repair over replacement, and using in-kind materials where appropriate.
With diverse programs, state-of-the-art classrooms, seminar spaces, and faculty offices including Office of the President, the life of every student will revolve around the Colonnade at some point. Where few student-centric spaces existed, students can now be found camped out studying or collaborating. Where a drop ceiling once hung below a roof monitor, daylight now filters into lounge and seminar spaces. Always the heart of the university, the deft renovations have pumped new life into each building, guaranteeing their continued place in the heart of future generations.
Glavé & Holmes Architecture; also Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc.; Nolen Frisa Associates, P.C.; PACE Collaborative, P.C.; Timmons Group, Inc.; Miller Beam & Paganelli, Inc.; Landmark Preservation Associates; Sadler & Whitehead Architect, PLC; GHD; O’Shea Wilson Siteworks, LLC