Award jurors praise projects for commitment to student engagement.
The multiphase renovation of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, has won an Honorable Mention for Building Additions, Renovation, or Adaptive Reuse. The Innovation and Design Education (IDE) building at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, has won a Merit Award for a New Building in The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Excellence in Architecture Awards program.
Designed by HGA, the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College reinvents a midcentury complex to provide students and faculty with state-of-the-art programming space while creating a new front door for the arts on the main campus quad.
“A key design objective was to break down barriers between arts disciplines and create flexible spaces for multidisciplinary endeavors,” said Rebecca Celis, Principal at HGA. “This echoes Macalester’s Statement of Purpose, which emphasizes students developing a broad understanding of the liberal arts as a community of collaborative and diverse learners.”
The original complex consisted of four buildings for music, art, humanities, and theatre/dance, joined by an inwardly focused gallery. The renovation included a new arts commons and reconfigured music building with concert hall and rehearsal studios in phase one; a studio arts building with sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting, ceramics, and digital-media studios in phase two; and a new theater, dance & classroom building with a flexible theater, dance studios, scene shop, rehearsal space, and active learning classrooms in phase three.
“Our goal was to create a place for students to learn, rehearse, connect, study, exhibit, and perform,” said David Wheaton, Vice President of Administration and Finance at Macalester College. “This gives dramatically more visibility to the arts, as well as signaling the inter-relationship of all of the academic divisions.”
Southern New Hampshire University
Also by HGA, the Innovation and Design Education building at Southern New Hampshire University was envisioned after Daniel Webster College merged with SNHU in 2016, jump-starting the campus STEM programs.
The 67,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building for the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics includes teaching labs, flexible classrooms, computer lab, café, and four CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) hubs, where students can work on projects from conception through operation. Architecturally, the design reflects vernacular building types—covered bridges, barns, mills—creating a significant new campus landmark.
“We have already begun to see the returns of this design with increased interdisciplinary offerings being requested in the space and unique collaborations between students, faculty, and staff,” said Angie Foss, Associate Vice President of Innovation in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics at SNHU. “The IDE building’s presence on campus is a signal of what is to come. The design not only satisfies our needs of today but its capacity for the future is exactly what we hoped.”
About the Awards
The SCUP Excellence Awards program acknowledges strategic, integrated campus planning that results in exemplary buildings and grounds. For more information, visit The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).