Fontbonne University offers a wide range of traditional and innovative science programs; the university prepares students for graduate study in medicine and health professions, partners with the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and confers degrees in Human Environmental Science and Science Education. This broad curriculum means that academic spaces must be modern, flexible and responsive to new pedagogies.
When Hastings+Chivetta was engaged to renovate and expand this signature campus building, it was largely in its original 1920s condition. The interior required a complete overhaul, and the updates included accessibility upgrades.
Hastings+Chivetta met Fontbonne’s goal of maximizing space use while encouraging new collaborations between departments. The former Science Center is reorganized with Human Environmental Science on the first level, supported by new food science and demonstration kitchens, as well as apparel/merchandising studios. Second level facilities house the growing Department of Business Administration, and include a business library and student collaboration space. The third level is dedicated solely to bench science with five teaching laboratories and a research laboratory. A renovation of the existing greenhouse offers increased accessibility for science majors. General classrooms are shared by all departments.
Hastings+Chivetta took great care when designing a restoration of the building façade. The original architectural details were accommodated and respected during the incorporation of new energy-efficient windows.