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Higher Education Academic Facilities

Higher Education Academic Facilities

Designing For Students

Our approach to the design of educational environments is based on the psychological effects of architecture in student settings. We instill into places for education the qualities that promote learning, self-expression, community, and personal growth. The spaces we create for students are designed to help them make connections with their peers in settings that they perceive are safe. To be able to share a communal experience with other students, while at the same time retaining individual identity, allows them to make choices, take risks and engage in the public realm without sacrificing personal autonomy.

Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center Lynn University Boca Raton, Florida This 750-seat theater is home to the University’s expanding performing arts program. The space is designed with flexibility in mind and accommodates theatrical productions, concerts and other cultural events. The building’s features include a two-storey, light– filled lobby which glows invitingly in the evening and an intimate performance space with curving walls largely of wood, in which the audience shares the excitement and immediacy of the performers.

Performing Arts Center (continued)

Engleman Hall Addition and Adaptive Re-use Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, Connecticut Located at the heart of the Southern Connecticut State University campus, Engleman Hall consolidates all nonscience departments of the School of Arts and Sciences in one location, and accommodates increasing enrollment. Because of its size and location, Engleman Hall transforms the campus by developing and enhancing a series of lively exterior spaces.

Science Hill Parking Structure Yale University New Haven, Connecticut The parking structure on Science Hill accommodates 347 faculty and students vehicles from the University’s science campus on a challenging site, adjacent to an architectural landmark, and in a historic residential neighborhood. The primary challenge for this design was integrating the garage into the neighborhood and its natural environment. Simultaneously, we looked for a solution that would respect Eero Saarinen’s masterwork, the adjacent Ingalls Rink.

Jewish Religious Center and Library Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts The Center is itself a house, a setting for activities that are religious, scholarly and familial. We wanted the students who used the Center to feel at home in their heritage - as a place of identity, a place from which to draw strength and to find support. We also wanted the building itself to look at home, even as it expressed its religious, academic and community purpose. And fundamentally, we wanted the building to convey the spirit of the Jewish experience.

Battell Chapel, Yale University New Haven, Connecticut


The architect Russell Sturgis built Battell Chapel for Yale University in 1876. It was much admired then for its gilding, bright stenciling, mosaic tile art, painted and oiled woodwork. In the 1920’s, however, the Victorian interior was painted over to emulate stone, as Yale turned to a Collegiate Gothic style. When the University hired us to renovate Battell’s interior, our initial research yielded clues to the original design hidden underneath. Battell Chapel now accomodated multi-faith services in a setting that serves a diverse religious student body.

Center for American Arts Yale University Art Gallery New Haven, Connecticut The existing Art Gallery consisted of a four-story 1920’s Renaissance-style building with a 1950 addition designed by Louis Kahn. The only site available for new construction adjacent to the Gallery was Weir Court, a secluded courtyard long considered beautiful for its shape, sense of enclosure and intimacy, and its proximity to the Kahn addition. The design explores the idea of path in a gathering place, and how path might encourage people to move up close to a lecturer, resulting in a sense of intimacy and immediacy.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Old Lyme, Connecticut The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is a small college of visual arts located on the main street of Old Lyme, Connecticut, a lovely New England village and home to the American Impressionist school of painting. The Academy has earned a national reputation for a curriculum of study focused on the classical disciplines in drawing, painting, and sculpture. We developed a master plan that envisions a campus integrated into the fabric of its village setting. To its current building complex — an eighteenth century house with various renovated outbuildings and additions — we added new buildings for studios, classrooms, administrative and social uses, and public galleries.

Jonathan Edwards College Dining, Social, Recreational, Performance and Fine Arts Yale University New Haven, Connecticut The oldest of Yale’s residential colleges, Jonathan Edwards College was designed in 1932 by James Gamble Rogers. Newman Architects’ renovation of the college renews this architectural treasure to nurture and inspire future generations of Yale students. A new monumental stair hall welcomes students into a revitalized basement social/recreational complex.

Existing, under utilized basement squash courts were converted into an experimentaAl theater. To improve the dining hall experience, we carved a new servery out of the existing floor area, and performed an extensive renovation of the historic dining commons.

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Calhoun College Dining, Social, Recreational, and Performing Arts Yale University New Haven, Connecticut At Calhoun College our design solution focused on preservation. Where new architectural interventions were needed, we envisioned the building in the eyes of its original architect John Russell Pope, preserving and enhancing the historic building.

The first floor servery has been redesigned and enlarged, to accommodate a modern food service program. The dining hall has been sensitively restored, inserting environmental controls in the most invisible manner. The former basement was reconfigured and expanded below the courtyard to create a cabaret theater, dance studio, fine arts studios and other student life amenities.

Calhoun College (continued)

Amistad Street Clinical Research Facility Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Connecticut This medical school building provides much needed laboratory space for Yale’s rapidly expanding bio-medical research program. Our design of the building shell and core and the reconfiguration of the existing site encourages future development opportunities for the University’s medical community. The building includes a 1000 car parking garage that provides much-needed parking for Yale employees working in this area of the city. Building interiors in association with consulting architects

Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library Lynn University Boca Raton, Florida Lynn University Library was designed to accommodate a 200,000 volume collection while di rect ing human activity in ways that are familiar and congenial to learning. While the library is classical in form and monumental in scale, its materials and building details follow regional traditions. In response to the heat and sun, windows are set deeply into the walls and shaded with metal screens. Screened, shaded porches at the front and rear reflect the local climate and patterns of building use.

Northwest Quadrangle Dining Hall University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut The new dining hall was conceived as a place with great spatial variety ornamented with changing natural light to allow for a continual sense of discovery and renewal. The two story ‘Marketplace’ dining hall offers traditional, cafeteria-style dining. It seats 550 students at ground level, and has meeting rooms and a lecture hall on the second floor.

Freeman Athletic Center, Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut The Freeman Athletic Center brings together activities once scattered across the Wesleyan campus. It incorporates Wesleyan’s existing hockey rink into a new complex sited at the heart of the University’s playing fields. The new field house, natatorium and administrative center and the existing hockey rink are linked by a main lobby. There is spectator access to the existing grandstand seating in the hockey rink, the new grandstand in the pool and the field house.

Law School Library and Kariotis Hall Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts We produced a master plan for the South Campus, which resides amid neighborhood buildings of Boston. A new classroom building, Kariotis Hall, is at the cusp of the master plan, restructuring a point of confluence that is now a gateway to the campus. It bridges the gap in style between its nineteenth century neighbors: mercantile buildings and the sober modern buildings of the university’s southern campus.

The Franklin W. Olin Building College of Business and Administration Alfred University Alfred, New York The design strengthens the continuity and unity of the Alfred campus while respectfully proposing a new direction. The symmetrical massing, sloping roofs and exterior materials reinforce the existing campus architecture. The building brings faculty and students together in corridors and classrooms. Main entries on two levels and a central, open stair hall serve to connect the building’s pathways.

Curtis Frank Dining Hall Colgate University Hamilton, New York The building is set on a scenic wooded campus among existing native stone buildings with gabled slate roofs. Located at the end of a major pedestrian axis, Curtis Frank Dining Hall evokes a hill town, with the roof of the main hall acting as a cathedral, and the dining rooms acting as components of a village. Most seating is along edges of paths defined by low walls and banquettes, simultaneously providing privacy and opportunities for engagement with fellow diners.

Dana Addition Case Library Colgate University Hamilton, New York When it was built in 1958, the Case Library conformed to the notion of a library as a warehouse for books, and its architectural treatment reflected that idea. With our addition, we gave it a heart, reflecting its importance as the center of learning at the University, and a place for imagination. A two-story central reading room is the heart of the library, offering views to the north and access to a variety of reading rooms, ranging from alcoves to an attic loft.

Our Philosophy

As architects, we believe that what we make can improve the lives of people. We want to realize the idea of a better, richer place, made palpable through the shaping of space, place, form, and climate. The places we make reflect our affection for ordinary human interchange and commerce, and for what lies beneath. People need to belong to something larger, to make connections with others and the world, and to make order out of chaos. So the architecture they inhabit needs to represent something larger than either the individual or the group, yet provide places where they can both be themselves and recognize the social and cultural structures that surround them.

Design Process Team Structure An open office environment supports our ‘studio’ style organization, with staff grouped into teams supporting principalsin-charge to address project challenges in a flexible manner - delivering talent where needed, when needed, with efficiency and effectiveness. We add consultants to the team as each project progresses to provide the right engineering and specialty expertise for the task.

Consensus Building We listen. We meet regularly with stake-holders to gather essential project information and to assist with decision making, building the essential consensus to move the project forward to completion. Our communication and coordination skills achieve success with complex constellations of constituency groups and in demanding regulatory environments.

Building Information Modeling - BIM Newman Architects was an early adopter of 3-D Building Information Modeling to support our design process. We use BIM for all projects, enhancing our ability to study a variety of project alternatives quickly, to monitor project scope and cost, to improve coordination and reduce conflicts, and to support enhanced project visualization. With MEPF systems coordinated in 3-D, our BIM models have reduced contractor bids, construction clashes during construction and anticipated construction costs.

Integrated Delivery We use our leadership in 3-D design to support the construction process. We are participating in the development of new practices in the delivery of architectural projects, collaborating with construction managers at all phases of design, bidding, and construction, utilizing BIM as the common platform for communication of intention and realization.

Design Visualization We employ a wide range of powerful visualization methods to help our clients and ourselves understand and test design concepts and alternatives, including: physical and virtual modeling, photo-realistic synthetic imaging and fly-over and tour-though animation.

Public Outreach We have developed an extensive repertoire of skills and tools for helping institutions successfully present to the public and to obtain community acceptance of proposed projects.

Cost and Schedule Control We maintain control of cost and schedule through a range of tools and processes. We specify the creative use of testing and mockups to verify feasibility and constructability; early setting and periodic review of project schedules together with the use of Microsoft Project scheduling tools; early setting, benchmark testing, and periodic review of budgets; rigorous and regular risk assessment at each project phase; and BIM systems that export detailed information about scope to guide estimating and procurement. We have also gathered extensive experience with alternative procurement and contract-delivery strategies that can speed schedules and reduce cost, including: fast-track documentation, designbuild, early enabling projects, and early-purchasing.

Quality Control We employ an arsenal of quality-control techniques, including: a detailed office design and procedures manual; outside code/regulatory reviews; internal third-party document reviews of our work and that of our consultants at each project phase to ensure correctness, coordination, and constructability; coordination with project CM’s in developing and checking documents; and BIM systems that unify project information in single models and greatly reduce opportunities for conflicts.

“It is not surprising that Newman Architects has received so many honors and awards for their work. New buildings speak clearly of their own time and respect for another time, particularly when historic buildings are nearby. The firm has been keenly aware of the needs of very different clients and of the message they are trying to convey whether they be sponsors of affordable housing, city fathers, travelers or educators. The overarching impression is a firm deeply attuned to the public good, aware of the impact of their work and determined to be responsive. There is a generosity of spirit in Newman’s approach to architecture and planning that sets them apart; that fact becomes clear when reviewing the range of their contributions for the last twenty years.“ Colin G. Campbell President and CEO, Colonial Williamsburg Former President, Wesleyan University & Rockefeller Brothers Fund “The design by Newman Architects has been a resounding aesthetic and functional success. The result came because your firm went above and beyond the call in listening to neighbors and other stakeholders and to make sure that their concerns were both heard and addressed in the design.” Michael Morand Associate V.P. Yale University

In all my experiences with Newman Architects I have found them to be good listeners, enthusiastic team players, rigorous researchers, clever innovators, and resourceful implementers. They understand human behavior and care deeply about the special needs of young people. They understand how buildings can increase student community and expand educational opportunities, and how to make campuses the inspiring and memorable places that change lives. They also understand how to collaborate effectively with university constituencies, expert design consultants, professional teams, builders, and municipal agencies to draw out institutional aspirations, articulate goals, and achieve consensus for moving forward. Their designs and constructions elegantly express the aspirations of their collaborators and admirably carry out intended missions. Kemel Dawkins Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark Campus Our design process lead by you was successful because you brought together three very distinct departments into one building almost immediately. It is clear that the entire Newman team takes pride and ownership in the projects that it designs and takes responsibility for the success of the project through construction and well beyond. Newman has proven that it can meet any design and construction challenge and achieve a successful outcome through its approach and philosophy but ultimately it is the people of Newman that made the Project a success that will endure for many years to come. “ Alan Rubacha Senior Project Manager, Wesleyan University

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Higher Education Academic Portfolio_Newman Architects  

Portfolio of recent academic projects for higher education clients.

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