New learning environments to create a foundational experience for student success
With a 59% increase in enrollment since the year 2000, Oakland University selected the Stantec team to bring an updated look to the campus’ first and most utilized building on campus. Our job? Addressing a critical shortage of classroom space while designing for improved areas of study, advising and collaboration for first and second-year students, all while transforming a 60-year-old building into a 21st century learning environment.
Through our collaborative planning process, the South Foundation Hall transforms from a 37-room mid-century building into a 50-classroom, modern structure. The existing 55,000 square foot brick structure is being stripped down to its structural shell and updated with new light gray metal panels referencing the existing structure and blending in the new through distinctive textures and characteristics. Extensive glass facades defined by large projecting overhangs, create an updated front entry to the building and campus, showcasing student activity while bringing in natural light, offering a new and inviting identity for the university.
A Michigan Capital Outlay project, the South Foundation Hall Renovation and Addition transforms the oldest and busiest building on campus into a coveted learning environment that changes the face of the school.
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