Hastings+Chivetta is well known for designing spaces for learning across the United States. Founded in 1960, the architectural firm collaborates on all aspects of a project from master planning to engineering to interior design and construction. Buildings for educational purposes are often considered more functional than iconic. However, Hastings+Chivetta is successfully working in this sector, designing buildings that meet the changing needs of students and educators and enrich their overall campus experience.
Here are 10 examples of the type of projects Hastings+Chivetta are well known for.
1. Grand Residence and Dining Hall, St Louis University
Passionate about improving the on-campus student experience Hastings+Chivetta designed the seven-storey residence and dining hall known as the ‘Grand hall,’ with accommodation for almost 1,000 first and second-year students. The new residence hall is part of the master plan by Hastings+Chivetta, to integrate and support different ways and spaces to learn, collaborate and live within the university, supporting their diverse body of students and educators.
2.The Alaska Airlines Centre – University of Alaska Anchorage
The community center is designed to support the training needs and activities for athletes from the University of Alaska. The center also caters to the wider community, not only to those interested in sports and fitness but in providing a venue for concerts and family-friendly events. During the harsh Alaskan winters, the oval-shaped roof allows for snowfall to easily slide off the roof and is also visually engaging and distinctive.
3.Student Life center-state University of New York (SUNY) Cortland
The student life center houses three branches of health and fitness activities, recreation, dining, and outdoor. The exterior design intends to manage energy use with solar panels and green roof design to reduce the energy load of the building. Featuring several fitness options under one roof, since opening, the student life center saw an increase in the participation in usage and exercise. On further recognition, the project was awarded the Outstanding Sports Facilities Award by the NIRSA.
4.Community School of Naples, Florida
One of several projects for the Hastings+Chivetta with the school, the student activities center forms part of the updated master plan to meet the growth of the campus. The center has an intentional focus on active learning, with areas for interactive learning and flexible study spaces housed over two floors.
5.Campus Recreation Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
A move to preserve a piece of history, Hastings+Chivetta converted the existing aquatic facility, once used for the 1996 Olympic Games, into the University’s recreation center. The project features the original roof and 50-meter swimming pool along with other new fitness facilities, offices, and a dedicated car park. This project turned heads for the longest prestressed concrete floor span, over the existing pool area.
6.Central Bank HeadQuarters, St Louis
Diverting briefly from the education portfolio, Hastings+Chivetta also completed a renovation to the flagship branch of the Central Bank of St. Louis. More than just a face-lift, the design changes were based on the changing banking industry and the way we live and work in today’s fast-paced society. The result is an arrangement that includes private and open office areas and a warm and inviting aesthetic for the public and customers.
7.Si Commons, St. Louis University High School
Si Commons well demonstrates a key design strategy often implemented by Hastings+Chivetta. Alongside the dining area, the Si Commons is a multipurpose space, equipped with built-in multimedia, that can transition into two separate rooms for school assemblies and events. Adjoining offices, meeting and easily accessible storage spaces make it an ideal event space.
8.Student Recreation and Wellness Centre, University of Nevada
The wellness center is an open and voluminous design. From the central entrance and atrium, the activities can be noticed. Across four levels, there are a variety of purpose-designed spaces for fitness activities such as weight training, running, and even rock climbing. Recreation Management Magazine awarded Hastings+Chivetta with the Innovative Architecture and Design Award for this project. It not only addressed the recreational needs of students but design a facility that would provide also the overall health and wellbeing, with a dedicated wellness center for Counseling & Psychological Services.
9.George S. Eccles Student Life Centre, University of Utah
The center provides several flexible spaces for well-being activities, encouraging students to not only lead a healthy lifestyle but also get involved with the student community. That very community of university students was directly involved in the design process for this center, requesting that the center would facilitate recreational and social activities for students.
10.Falcon Center – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS
The Falcon Center for Health was an expansion project to meet the growing athletic and recreational needs of the university. In addition to improved fitness facilities, the project also included multiple gym’s, a human performance laboratory, classrooms, training rooms, a dance studio, competition arenas for basketball, ice hockey, and other sports. The sweeping roof allows height for a climbing wall and acts as a unique architectural beacon on the campus.
According to Hastings+Chivetta, “These campuses are all alive, all connected and all evolving with time.” Their design philosophy holds throughout their projects. It’s a challenge to meet the growing and changing needs of education facilities but architects can have a positive impact on student life and quality of education, through a holistic approach to design and master planning of colleges and universities, delivering functional but engaging design.