Song + Associates was commissioned by Florida Atlantic University to design a new satellite campus designated as the first Honors College for the university and developed a responsive design solution that is sensitive to the needs of students and staff. The three building complex includes the Honors College, administrative and classroom facilities, and an a library. The Honors College is a 21,180 GSF two story building with classrooms, offices and a 252 seat lecture hall. The administration and classroom building is a one story 13,716 GSF that also includes a biology and chemistry lab and a computer lab. The library is a 51,617 GSF two story building with classrooms, offices and a 10,376 GSF library with open reading and study areas as well as a private group spaces.
The college’s interior spaces reflect the exterior architectural components, with expanded concrete block construction, contrasting texture, earth tones, and pitched roofs with Terra-cotta flat tiles. The broad overhangs, inspired by prairie style architecture, shade the green tinted windows casting a cool glow on the interior. A variety of floor patterns in the porcelain textured tiles flanking the public spaces adds dimension and character. The abundant use of natural light cascades into the building through expansive windows throughout each building. The long interior hallways have high undulating perforated metal ceilings which give movement and life to the corridors. The internal walls are modulated creating a textural interplay of light and shadow.