When your enrollment has doubled over the past ten years, it’s time to start looking at an expansion. The Naveen Jindal School of Management houses a highly-ranked undergraduate program, graduate studies, and executive education programs. The budget was tight and time was short, so how could we deliver the flexible space that the programs called for?
We optimized the concrete framing system with large bays and a consistent, shallow structural depth. Main beams and cross beams drop to the same level, so future designs and ductwork can be flexible and unimpeded. It’s a modular design. The school will be able to fill the shell space with what they need, when they need it. And when more funds become available.
A centerpiece of the design is a two-story commons fronting a new courtyard—space for individual and group studying, casual collaboration, café service, and socialization.