|LMN Architects - Paccar Hall: Phase I of the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business Expanded Campus Project - Page 2|
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Connections – The interior spaces, views and entrances are organized to knit together with the landscape, site topography and campus pathways. Both Paccar Hall and the Phase II building will have gracious plazas and a shared courtyard available to the entire campus community, mixing the daily life of the school with that of the campus Engagement – Paccar Hall’s outward architectural expression reflects a strong sense of community engagement, the building provides a prominent physical presence at the campus’s ceremonial entrance. Together with the law school, Paccar Hall frames the public approach to historic, tree-lined drive Memorial Way, and its scale, proportion and use of materials are responsive to its historic campus context. The building’s brick, glass and metal exterior combines a respect for the character of the campus architecture with the school’s forward-looking approach to business education.
Business ‘convergence zone ’
Preparing students for the corporate environment of today and into the future necessitates a learning environment that embodies team-based strategic operations, teamwork and relationship-building that are paramount in an increasingly complex global arena. Paccar Hall is a powerful example of how the core dynamic of modern business education can become embedded in the architectural design.
The design provides an ideal environment for fostering collaboration and teamwork. Virtually every aspect of the building invites students to work together and provides technologies to assist them to collectively address business issues, concerns, and problems. For example: Central “gallery” space – A four-story high, glazed atrium that runs the length of Paccar Hall supports a diversity of group interaction fundamental to business education programs.
Classrooms of varying sizes, breakout rooms, student commons, a café and covered terrace areas are organized around this central space to interconnect the around-the-clock presence of students, faculty, staff and visitors. From circulation between classes to small-group study sessions, special events, receptions and many other programmed functions, the gallery provides extensive flexibility to adapt to changing needs of the school’s business and education communities.
Tiered, U-shaped classrooms – Designed to cultivate interactive student-to-student discussion, tiered classrooms and associated small breakout rooms are finely tuned to programmatic and technical needs associated with teamwork and relationship building skills—key qualities of successful business leaders . Natural light, with appropriate solar control, is provided to the spaces to enhance quality of space and human comfort.
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