The Center for American Enterprise is the latest addition to the fast growing campus at St. John Fisher College, which provides a new home for the School of Business and campus wide data center.
The exterior design complements the campus’ distinct style and unified vision. The material palette of brick, cast stone, metal panel, and asphalt shingled mansard roofs compliment the campus aesthetic. Intricate brick corbelling details and cast stone fenestration surrounds set this façade apart from a typical masonry building. The distinct gable profile with inset, multi-story, curtain-wall expanse and gothic arch elements tie this building into the surrounding campus context. Complementary lighting and landscaping ground the building into its environment. Situated at the edge of campus, adjacent to I-490, and between two existing parking lots, all facades serve as a “front entrance”. While the south façade provides a porch and cascading stair for student arrival, the north façade extends the campus vision out to the public eye when viewed from I-490.
The interior program provides unique learning environments, general classrooms, a computer lab, student break-out space, office space, a Dean’s suite, and a campus data center. The heart of this building is a simulated stock trading lab. Immediately upon arrival, through the main south entry, students are greeted by a real time digital stock ticker running across the lobby soffit. A glass wall allows a glimpse into the stock trading lab where students get hands-on experience in a simulated work environment. A segmented feature stair, with curves that mimic the exterior gothic arch features, connects the lobby to the second floor. The building circulation and open student common space invite the building’s occupants to engage one another in a social environment.
The basement level 7 Data Center serves as the new campus nerve center. As part of this project, a major infrastructure undertaking tied all data lines from each building to this new hub. This state of the art facility provides a home for the campus servers and its full-time staff. Fire suppression systems, climate control, and room pressure control provide a stable and safe environment for the significant equipment investment.
Check out the project in the Fall 2014 Architectural Showcase edition of Learning By Design Magazine!