College of Professional Schools: Mack Hall
Norwich University, Northfield, VT
A result of the master planning Jones Architecture completed for Norwich University, Mack Hall is a new building that houses classrooms, an auditorium, case study rooms, student spaces, and administrative spaces for the School of Business and Management and Norwich’s Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) program. The building sits north of Webb Hall, creating a shared courtyard and is scaled to a similar width in order to take advantage of passive heating and cooling as well as natural daylighting.
Mack Hall was designed to elevate the University’s current general use classroom portfolio and add specialty learning spaces which do not currently exist on campus. General use classrooms were conceptualized in two categories, lecture style and active learning, to facilitate different modes of teaching and allow for maximum flexibility. Several new teaching space types to the University are housed within Mack Hall as well, including a multi-functional auditorium/theater, case study rooms, cyber warfare simulation lab, cyber forensics computer labs, and a mobile device forensics lab. Large open spaces within are given over to student gathering space for functions or everyday study, utilizing both digital media and whiteboards to facilitate open collaboration.
“In my opinion, the best architectural firms are those that make the effort to truly understand their clients and the goals of a particular project while, at the same time, introducing us to new teaching/learning/socializing trends. The success of this project was due, in large part, because the Jones Architecture team embedded themselves in our culture and became a strong and respected partner. This allowed the introduction of a new “feel” on campus that has been exceptionally well received.”
— David Magida, Chief Administrative Officer, Norwich University