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GUND Partnership creates transformative environments that educate, inspire and delight. The core of our practice is centered on a collaborative process to express mission, philosophy and community in a wide variety of project types. Through creative and sustainable design solutions, our approach seeks to create the greatest value for our clients. We do not have a preconceived architectural style or signature, but partner with each institution to express mission, goals and culture in new ways.
The Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library features a sun-washed central space that preserves much of the rear façade of the original library and its Beaux-Arts details, juxtaposed against a modern intervention of the glass curtain wall. Furthermore, the renovation restores the significance of the Front Lawn and creates a physical connection through the library from west to east that opens on to Topiary Park – the result is to create a library-in-a-park. The actual footprint of the library remains the same, but the change is transformational.
Read more about the Columbus Metropolitan Library Renovation project.
The new Gearan Center for the Performing Arts at Hobart & William Smith Colleges is a building with, to use a theatrical term, many “personas.” It is a new gateway to the Colleges, one of the first buildings one sees when approaching the campus. It exists on the town/gown line of its host community, Geneva, NY, a jewel of a town in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, and is meant as a cultural resource not just for the HWS community but for the larger regional population.
The building brings together multiple performing arts disciplines that were once dispersed or in substandard accommodations. So now music, dance, theater and film are brought together, and find their focus in a vibrant new atrium that serves not just as a meeting place for students but a venue for informal performances and fruitful spontaneous encounters between students and faculty. Like perhaps no other subject, learning in the performing arts takes place outside of the classroom.
The design of the building takes its cue from the surrounding structures and the deep architectural traditions of HWS. It features a steeply sloped roof, multiple dormers, a cupola that directs light deep within the structure and an 80-foot tower that marks the entrance and provides a dramatic soaring interior space for teaching and performances.
Read more about the Gearan Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Developing a broad global curriculum that meets the needs of students graduating into a complex and changing world is a significant academic goal at Lafayette College. Working closely with faculty and College administration, GUND is designing the Oechsle Center for Global Education as a dynamic, collaborative learning environment with international connectivity.
The new 18,400 square-foot building will house the International Affairs Program and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and will be a key locus of activity for area studies programs and a hub of interdisciplinary interaction. Construction is slated for completion in 2014. Read more about the Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College.
The newly opened addition to Penn State’s main student commons, the HUB/Robeson Center, is not only an exceptional reinvigoration of a crucial part of the State College campus, it represents a new approach for designing campus centers around the country. It is truly a student-centered campus center, in a big part because student facilities fees were a key source of the funding. This provided students with a strong hand in influencing the programming and design.
To the east and south, the new addition to the HUB replaces a 1970’s era brutalist concrete entrance with a dramatic undulating glass-and-steel canopy that gives the complex an exciting profile, day and night, and beckons students to enter and partake of all that the center offers. Above the adjoining campus bookstore is Penn State’s largest publicly accessible green roof.
Because of its different funding model, the HUB project was able to focus on a new set of design priorities. The new design concept creates a series of zones or “neighborhoods” that are organized around communal nodes or “town centers” tied together by a logical and visually connected flow through the building. The main “town square” is the gathering space beneath the glass roof, open and active, like any urban place, 24/7 for students. The original feasibility planning 10-plus years ago, before consulting student groups, arrayed the new square footage around the building’s periphery, adding pieces here and there, instead of re-thinking what the student center of the 21st century should be.
Read more about the HUB Renovation and Expansion at Penn State University.
David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was Principal overseeing the project. Contact David for more information.
Completed in October 2012, the new LEED Gold-certified headquarters is located on a major corridor leading into downtown Portsmouth and is the first in the coastal city’s new Gateway District.
Reflecting Service Credit Union’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility, green design strategies played a significant role in the design approach. Geothermal heat exchange, high performance low emissivity glazing, envelope improvements, displacement ventilation, raised floor systems, CO2 monitoring, thermal photovoltaic panels, daylight harvesting, and low-VOC materials are among the strategies that promote energy efficiency and improved environmental quality. Compared to a typical 100,000-square-foot office building, the Service Credit Union Headquarters uses 36 percent less energy, 40 percent less water, emits 63 percent less CO2, and has an Energy Star rating of 98. The geothermal heat pump system is key to the project’s energy efficiency. Geothermal heat exchange extracts ground heat to warm the building and transfers heat back into the ground to cool the building, and is only one of two ways to take your building off the grid. In addition, the credit union is purchasing green energy credits from renewable sources and plans to integrate a larger photovoltaic array on site to further reduce its carbon footprint.
Providing all employees healthy, productive workspaces was a major design goal. The building is organized around a central sky-lit atrium that connects all four floors with natural light and offers a dramatic area for communal interaction. Relating to nearby Pease Air Force Base, where Service Credit Union was founded, the path of planes in flight inspired the angle of skylights and floor lights, guiding the geometry of the building. A significant amenity for staff is the 17.1-acre site. Formerly a brownfield site, the landscape is now richly planted with walking trails and outdoor seating areas that encourage staff to take advantage of the open space. Native plantings that bloom incrementally throughout the growing season connect the site with surrounding landscape and reduce maintenance and water needs. Oehme, van Sweden & Associates of Washington, D.C. served as the landscape architect. Read more about the Service Credit Union Headquarters.
Housing a public gallery and academic facilities for the art history department, the Gund Gallery opened in 2011 and is part of a larger campus planning initiative to increase visibility and participation in the arts. The building acts as a magnet for students and community members alike and creates new forum for learning through art and visual culture.
Located directly on Middle Path, within the historic campus core, the Gallery brings art into the forefront of campus life. The exterior is clad in a locally-quarried sandstone veneer and zinc paneling, with a glass entry lobby encased in terracotta baguettes. The LEED Silver certified building utilizes a geothermal system for heating and cooling and sophisticated climate controls appropriate for the museum quality facilities.
Creative programming enriches the student experience and forges new academic links with the Kenyon curriculum. Supporting a variety of exhibit formats, the 6,200-square-foot space features flexible partitions and north-facing skylights with controllable aluminum louvers. Read more about the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.
As Perkins' first ever social hub for students, the Grousbeck Center combines technology and recreational amenities to facilitate education, vocational training and social skills development. In addition to the student-focused areas, the Grousbeck Center also includes dedicated training facilities for Perkins teachers and visiting educators. GUND's design incorporates a variety of innovative universal design concepts that appeal to all the senses and engage the diverse student body.
With universal design concepts at the center of the project’s green design strategies, the Grousbeck Center received LEED Silver certification. Creating healthy environments and providing all users easy and universally accessible control over the building systems was central to GUND’s design approach. Other sustainable design strategies emphasize cost-effective solutions that optimize indoor environmental quality, and reduce energy and potable water usage. Beyond LEED, the school seeks to promote good stewardship of natural resources within the unique context of the school. Read more about the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins.
Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C served as project manager for the Grousbeck Center at Perkins. Contact Christine for more information.
Considering campuses across all NCAA divisions, The Princeton Review gave the Kenyon Athletic Center its top ranking in The Best 378 Colleges: 2015 Edition. The Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio opened in 2004 and has transformed student life at Kenyon.
The KAC was conceived as a new type of campus center, where athletic, recreational, academic, and social lives of students intersect. It has significantly strengthened the sense of community on campus, as varsity teams, intramurals, and individuals all use the center, often at the same time. All aspects of project planning were intended to foster student interaction and build community.
The program includes a 50-meter swimming pool, 1,500-seat arena, tennis courts, squash courts, theatre and film library, multipurpose rooms, study lounges, weight room, a field-house/running track, training rooms, and various offices. Read more about the Kenyon Athletic Center.