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Friday, Dec. 2, at 12 noon, the launch of the official Educause Learning Space Design Constituent Group Live Streamed Tours took place. Indiana University's Franklin Hall, recently reimagined by GUND Partnership and VPS Architecture as the University's Media School, was the first tour. Tour guides Julie Johnston, Director of Learning Spaces, and Jay Kincaid, Director of Facilities and Technology, School of Media, showed how this landmark IU building was retrofitted for 21st Century learning. Follow this link to view the video. Educause is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.
Indiana University’s Franklin Hall was rededicated on Sept. 27 following a $21 million renovation by GUND Partnership in collaboration with VPS Architecture of Evansville, IN. The refurbished building, originally IU’s main library and then a student services center, is now the home of the university’s Media School, formed in 2014 in a uniting of the university’s renowned journalism, mass communications and film programs. Follow this link to the Media School website for videos about Franklin Hall's history and a virtual tour of the transformed building.
The building’s stately grey stone Romanesque exterior is largely unchanged. But the interior is completely reconfigured. The big design move was a vibrant Commons (pictured above) at the very core of the building. Occupants enter the historic lobby and then proceed into the stunning double height, sky-lit Commons. Not only does this move bring light into the heart of the building, it immerses the visitor in the energy and activity of the Media School. Standing in the center of the space, an occupant sees a campus television studio; the university newspaper offices; collaboration rooms; and radio studio. A large video monitor carries both student-produced content and the latest world news. The space is peppered with comfortable furniture where students can stake out their own territory while studying with friends, waiting for class to begin or just hanging out.
The entire building is technology rich with video editing suites, a gaming den and sophisticated media research labs. Former library reading spaces are transformed into active learning classrooms. As much as possible, these spaces are not departmentalized but multi-purpose, flexible and accessible to all. As new media and curriculum is conceived, the building can flex to support it.
An article in the current issue of Columbus First, the city's business journal, prominently features GUND Partnership's David Zenk, AIA LEED AP BD+C describing the design ideas behind the newly renovated Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library (above). The project was a collaboration between GUND and Schooley-Caldwell Architects of Columbus and opened to great acclaim in June.
GUND Partnership has announced two promotions. Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP (far left) was named Principal and joins Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP and David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP in that leadership role for the firm. Holly Miller, AIA, LEED AP (near left) was named a Senior Associate.
Christine joined the firm in 1992 and was made a Senior Associate in 2015. She has taken on an increasing leadership role in major projects, with a special emphasis on libraries and how technology can be integrated into learning. She was instrumental in the award-winning renovation and expansion of the Thompson Memorial Library at Ohio State University and the recently completed Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, OH. In the Independent School realm, Christine has worked at such institutions as Westminster School in Connecticut, Horace Mann School in New York and The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. As the firm’s CAD and BIM manager, Christine harnessed new technologies for GUND that improve communication and create new project efficiencies. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
Holly joined GUND Partnership in 1998. She is a design leader in higher education and independent school projects with a particular focus on the academic and residential/student life sectors. She led the recently completed and award-winning Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Her work on Peirce Hall at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH resulted in an AIA Honor and SCUP awards. The Burton Morgan Building and Campus Commons at Denison University in Granville, OH, won an AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence. Holly’s other major projects at GUND include the LEED Gold-certified North Campus Housing at Kenyon and Kenyon’s Campus Master Plan. Firm-wide, she is in charge of hiring and staff development at GUND and serves as a mentor to many of the young architects at the firm, helping guide their evolution as architects. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.
GUND Partnership Principal David Zenk was featured on a local Columbus, OH radio program about the opening of the new Main Library at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, along with library CEO Patrick Losinski and Lee Raines of Pew Research. Click this link to listen.
The newly renovated and transformed Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library opened to the public on Saturday, June 25, following a week of festivities and events to celebrate the occasion. These included a media event and a gala dinner for VIP donors to the library. On Saturday, June 25, the opening day, there was an outdoor concert and movie screening. A special section in the Columbus Dispatch last Sunday gives an overview of the project as well as a video. The library renovation, which maintains the same footprint but makes the library far more navigable and filled with natural light, was a collaboration between GUND Partnership and Schooley Caldwell Associates of Columbus. Above, the beautifully renewed main facade, constructed in 1907 to a design by Albert Randolph Ross, a New York architect, and Wilbur T. Mills, a Columbus architect. The library was a gift from the Carnegie Foundation.
The rear of the library facing Topiary Park has an elegant glass curtain wall with a jaunty red support column slightly askew. Patrons inside the library will be able to see the surrounding green spaces, and passersby will see the activity taking place in the library.
A lively mural by a local artist animates the side of a stairway in the new library atrium.
The spring issue of News from GUND is now available on line. The issue leads with the excitement building in Columbus, OH, over the new Columbus Metropolitan Library, pictured here, which is slated to open in June. To read the entire newsletter, please follow this link.News from GUND.pdf
Franklin Hall at Indiana University, whose complete renovation and adaptive reuse was designed by GUND, is featured in the April issue of College Planning & Management. The article details how the building is being transformed to accommodate the new Media School at IU, and it is slated to open for the Fall 2016 semester. See here for the entire article.
The Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College (above) is one of 11 educational projects given an Honorable Mention in the 2016 SCUP Excellence Awards Program. Winning entrants will be presented at SCUP-51, the Annual International Conference in Vancouver, BC, July 9 to 13. Among the events around the awards, held annually, will be a 90-minute concurrent session on July 12 during which the jury will discuss project excellence, best practices and challenges that lie ahead for higher education.
Lafayette College's Oechsle Center for Global Education is featured on Architect Magazine's Project Gallery. See link to access the web page.
Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology, GUND Partnership's award-winning building on the campus of Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA, will be featured in an upcoming "2-day Design-athon" at Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA on March 18 and 19. The event will focus on accessibility and universal design through talks by notable speakers, prototyping and empathy-building activities. Students, design professionals and community members with or without disabilities are encouraged to participate. Grousbeck has been widely hailed by critics and organizations for its focus on student-centered spaces and innovative universal design concepts for the Perkins student body, all of whom are visually-impaired. The building is Perkins' first-ever social center for its student and faculty community. Click here for more details on the Mt. Ida event.
Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was the project manager and project architect on the Grousbeck Center. Contact Christine for more information.
The new Gearan Center for the Performing Arts (above) at Hobart & William Smith Colleges will be the subject of an upcoming presentation at the 56th Annual USITT Conference, on March 16 in Salt Lake City. John Prokos, FAIA and Meng Howe Lim, AIA, respectively principal and associate at GUND Partnership, will join Christopher Button, who managed the project on behalf of the Colleges as their associate director of planning and construction; Curtis Kasefang and Jason Prichard of Theatre Consultants Collaborative; and Matt Nichols, senior consultant in acoustics for Jaffe Holden, all of whom collaborated on the project. The talk is entitled "It's Gonna Cost You," a humorous reference to the perrenial give-and-take of project design and construction. According to the program guide: "...the key challenge has always revolved around cost, trying to find a sweet spot among multiple priorities. Although these are not necessarily conflicting goals, there remains the need to realize pedagogical visions, provide flexible performance venues, and create a performing arts hub that unites dance, music, theatre and film to the community life at HWS." Visiting USITT's website for more information on the conference and the talk. See news item below on the center's inauguration.
The Gearan Center for the Performing Arts at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, officially opened on Saturday, Jan. 23. The ocassion was marked with celebrations and performances in the 65,000 square-foot building's multiple venues. The building is named after the colleges' president, Mark D. Gearan and his wife, Mary Herlihy Gearan, for, in the words of the Board of Trustees, "their steadfast loyalty to the Colleges." Also in attendance at the opening festivities were Graham Gund, President of GUND Partnership, and GUND's Meng Howe Lim, Project Architect. There were dazzling performances by HWS students and faculty in the Center's spaces including McDonald Theatre, Froelich Hall, Hilayama-Williams Family Ensemble Hall, Fish Screening Room and the Dance Studio. There was also a presentation by Meng Howe Lim, the Project Architect for GUND, and Chris Button, Associate Director of Planning and Construction and Senior Project Manager for HWS, about the design and building process that led to the Gearan Center's opening.
James Madison University Duke Hall, a collaboration between GUND Partnership as Design Architect and Clark Nexsen as Architect of Record, is currently featured in Architect Magazine's on-line project portfolio. Follow this link to access the page.