Sellinger School of Business

Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

 
Coping with the pedagogical implications of information technologies and defining the 21st century academic forum for intellectual exchange challenge the comforting notions of ivy-covered, century old buildings and traditions steeped in time-tested environments. Loyola University confronted this challenge to answer their needs and enhance the historically significant and much admired academic quadrangle. Given the quadrangle's partial boundary of collegiate Gothic classroom buildings constructed in the early 1900s, and its centerpiece, the college chapel, this solution for academic building expansion completes the quadrangle's formal frame and gives the chapel a new place of honor. Overarching considerations included making a new and impressive entrance to the campus, increasing the visibility and importance of the Business School to the public, providing new social spaces for gatherings, both interior and exterior.

Among the challenges met were to change the liability of a thirty-foot drop in grade at the quadrangle's northwestern corner to an asset; to build over 70,000 gross square feet of new academic space in an environment of contiguous buildings, each one being a third to one half that size; and, of equal concern, to create a thoroughly modern building that would blend in with the collegiate Gothic atmosphere of the academic core. The solution required to accommodate the significant new square footage without impacting the scale of the quadrangle and its adjoining buildings was to divide the program and design two building additions, compatible in size and shape to the buildings that now embrace the quadrangle. This concept also set the stage for creating a more welcoming pedestrian and vehicular portal from the west. The new buildings flank the chapel and complete the enclosure of the quadrangle. The new site plan integrates old and new buildings, with less roadway, more landscape, and more new public spaces for gathering and circulating. The building placements along the western end of the quadrangle further enhance the position of the chapel as the preeminent presence in the landscape.

Awards

2002 Golden Trowel Award
International Masonry Institute, Maryland Branch
2001 Tucker Award of Design Excellence (Category I)
Building Stone Institute
2000 Honor Award for Design
AIA Pennsylvania
2000 Award of Recognition for Design
AIA Philadelphia
1999 Award of Recognition, Awards for Design Excellence Program
AIA Philadelphia
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