Making the Most of Your Existing Facilities

Making the Most of Your Existing Facilities

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In these unprecedented times, we understand that institutions want to make the most of existing campus facilities.  Renovating existing spaces can be an efficient and cost-effective option for meeting your campus needs. We can help you navigate ways to reimagine existing facilities to better meet your goals.

With nearly 50% of our projects involving renovations, Hastings+Chivetta Architects specializes in the revitalization, repurposing, and expansion of existing facilities.  Our renovation experience runs the gamut from simple aesthetic and code upgrades, to renovation necessitated by campus events to the reimagining of significant campus buildings, to the complete transformation of historic facilities:

  • Hastings+Chivetta has completed multiple renovations on the campus of John Brown University, including the 2018 renovation of Mayfield Hall, the home of nearly 240 women. Each room in the residence hall now boasts high-efficiency LED lighting, sound-resistant construction, and new, modular furniture, which allows residents to maximize and personalize their room. The renovation respected and enhanced the original character of the building while giving students modern amenities.
  • When Saint Louis University’s Macelwane Hall sustained extensive fire damage and was forced to close in May 2017, the University reached out to Hastings+Chivetta to design a comprehensive renovation of the building.  The new design fits within the context of the science precinct on campus and bridges the South and North campuses of Saint Louis University for increased research collaboration. The “new and improved” Macelwane Hall was completed and ready for students to return in January 2019.
  • The 1970’s Staley Library at Millikin University was an architecturally important building on the campus, but no longer met the needs of modern university students. The 87,000 square foot renovation and expansion reimagined the outmoded library as a true multipurpose campus facility – the new University Commons. The Commons is now home to the university library, campus dining, multiple student organizations, maker spaces and multiple academic centers.
  • In 2016, Hastings and Chivetta, in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, transformed Washington University’s historic 1902 Field House into the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center – a 21st century fitness, athletic and recreation center. The comprehensive facility allows students to have their recreation, fitness and wellness needs in one location. The facility has earned LEED Platinum Certification.

For more information about Hastings+Chivetta’s renovation experience and how our expertise can help transform your facilities to meet the needs of your campus, please reach out to Erik Kocher at ekocher@hcarchitects.com.