WilburO. And Ann Powers College of Business / LMN Architects
176000 square feet
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A description of the text provided by the architect. Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, prominently at the highest point in the region, the five-story Wilbur O. and Unpowers College of Business create a new gateway to Clemson University. Inspired by the hills and natural landscape around the site, the building is carved from the hillside and is easily accessible by the five entrances to the central atrium.
Wilbur O. of Clemson University and Wendy York, Dean of the Unpowers Business College, commented: The business has created a new gateway to the university. The design team envisioned a student-centric think tank environment that provides a dynamic environment for student / faculty involvement, active learning, and student physical socialization. The new facility is transforming students and faculty and helping the university make bold statements about the importance of Clemson University. Our new building will bring about a major transformation. “
A spectacular public staircase runs between the North and South wings of the complex, moving west from a nearby dormitory to the historic center of the campus, where you’ll find the historic Bowman Field Airport and Tillman Hall. The project welcomes students at three levels and is open to Bowman Field, a base where classrooms connect to everyday campus life. Beyond the grade, the project has a dramatic effect towards the sky. A spacious, sunny shared area encourages students, faculty and staff, and community partners to explore possibilities together.
Rafael Viñoly-Menendez, a partner at LMN Architects, commented: As the first new academic building adjacent to Bowman Field for over a century, the architecture needed to respect its neighbors, projecting an ambitious vision for Clemson to stand in the world for the next 100 years. A project site connected to the campus’s academic, residential and social zones provides a unique opportunity to integrate these energies into a single activity hub, abduct business school activities and revitalize surrounding campuses. Provided. “
This technology-rich and immersive educational experience stands out as the latest element of the campus, with its vast glass façade, high ceilings and spectacular connecting staircases that illuminate the focus of entrepreneurs. Raising awareness, recruitment and ranking, this complex prepares students to enter today’s competitive market as leaders. The combination of formal and informal spaces, like in the modern workplace, facilitates hands-on participation through chance encounters, intensive research, team collaboration, laboratories, and group presentations.
In addition, a variety of facilities are available for students to stay all day, including food services and a lounge area. The combination of layered, flat and flexible high-tech classrooms is based on a common module that enables educational change over time. Outdoors, social spaces and landscaping areas invite continuous discussion beyond the classroom. An environment that simulates the actual experience of sales and financial transactions, as well as a designated business incubator, enhances the opportunity to start a student career in collaboration with a community of professionals. Scott May, LS3P’s leader in the higher education sector, commented: “From the start of the project, it was clear that this building would be a community anchor for this new campus area. The focus on connectivity and transparency is evident in the cozy and vibrant meeting space that reflects the site’s terrain. The flexibility of the building allows it to adapt to yet unpredictable needs as education and technology evolve over time. It is durable and designed to serve residents in the future. It’s a collaborative, elastic building. “
The interior palette is also inspired by this location and is defined by natural materials that reflect the solidity of the mountains and celebrate the horizontal layers of the hillside. On the upper floors, the vertical, crisp texture contrasts, symbolizing that the building stands on a solid and rich historic campus, but embraces innovation with contemporary, light materials. The brick facade of the building, which respects the past and looks to the future, respects the larger historical and natural context, and modern construction technology allows both transparency and energy efficiency to be maximized. .. The transparent electrochromic glass façade of the atrium is converted by natural light, and the opacity is stimulated and activated by seasonal changes. This open and transparent composition of buildings to hills and hills to buildings predicts the future while redefining Clemson’s historic campus and establishing new destinations for business education.
LMN Architects is a leader in the design of higher education facilities in North America. Other completed projects include the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion at Michigan State University. Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Eastern Washington University.