Multiple Planning Studies, Renovations, New Construction
Norwich University, Northfield, VT
With a relationship that pre-dates Jones Architecture, Rick Jones has been working with Norwich University continuously dating back to 2004. Recent on-call planning studies and design and construction projects include: comprehensive renovations and an addition to Kreitzberg Library; relocation of the Admissions Program; and re-purposing an existing lab building for use as general classroom space or residential suites. In 2011, Jones Architecture worked with the College of Liberal Arts and College of Professional Schools on fundamental re-thinking of how they deliver learning. Several months of programming resulted in a reconsideration of existing classroom types, as well as development of a complementary set of new learning environments: cyberforensics simulation labs, mobile device forensics lab, computing project rooms, BIM labs, case study learning rooms, auditoriums, and active team-based learning settings. The master planning effort that followed this programming process led to recommended renovations of three existing buildings and the addition of a new building to accommodate more contemporary program elements. Stitched together by a $6M landscape and infrastructure package, these four buildings and the associated site work will reinvigorate the academic core of campus.
“From a facilities standpoint, few things are more critical than a facilities master plan. In order to ensure that the master plan serves as a useful tool for many years, the lead planner/designer must be able to deal effectively with the diverse population on a university campus as input is solicited and hundreds of suggestions discussed, analyzed and prioritized. This requires an individual with a unique combination of warm personal traits, great listening skills, relevant experience and professional expertise. Rick Jones is such an individual. He successfully led Norwich University in development of the facilities master plan that will lead us to the celebration our institution’s bicentennial.”
— David Magida, Chief Administrative Officer, Norwich University