Reinvigorating the Academic Campus Core
Norwich University, Northfield, VT
In 2011, Jones Architecture worked with the College of Liberal Arts and College of Professional Schools on a 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 (Schneider Hall/$8.6, Dewey Hall/$6M, and Ainsworth Hall/$3.9M) and the addition of a new building (Mack Hall/$18.6M) to accommodate more contemporary program elements. After a three year hiatus for fund-raising, the project restarted in earnest in 2014 with design of all projects simultaneously. Across the three renovations, over 45% of the teaching spaces were updated. Stitched together by a $7M landscape and infrastructure package, these four buildings and the associated Central Quad are reinvigorating the academic core of campus.
“Until retiring in September 2019, I served as Norwich’s Chief Administrative Officer for more than 33 years. During this time, over $430 million (adjusted for inflation) worth of projects were completed. I worked with dozens of firms and would put none above Jones Architecture. I have the utmost respect for, and confidence in, Rick Jones and the Jones Architecture team. I am pleased to give them my strongest of recommendations.”
— David Magida, Chief Administrative Officer & Director of Facilities (retired),