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University of Notre Dame

Eck Hall of Law

Location: Notre Dame, IN
Project Completed: 2009-2010
Size: 85,000 SF (new); 107,000 SF (renovation)
“(the design)… translates our identity in spatial, visual and functional terms that meet our needs and capture who we are… The team’s understanding of the pedagogy of professional schools has given us a wonderful tool for achieving our mission of producing leaders who will influence the future of our country.” Patricia A. O’Hara, Dean of the Law School
what mattered to the client
  • to develop a new program and design to accommodate the changing needs of the Law School despite budget and site constraints
  • to remain an integrated learning community with teaching and research missions in a single facility
  • to establish contemporary facilities for legal education that reflect and celebrate the character of the University and its Catholic mission, expressed in the architectural vocabulary of gothic forms that are contextual with the original Law School and other campus buildings
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • New teaching/office addition and renovations of library form a single facility that nearly doubles School’s space.
  • New wing is organized around a central atrium with an array of learning spaces from large, tiered lecture halls to small-scale breakout spaces, designed for flexibility and collaborative learning.
  • New library configuration provides space for collection, research, study areas and small seminar rooms, as well as reading rooms arrayed around the perimeter to optimize daylight and campus views.
  • “Commons” which connects renovated library with new addition is the community “living room,” fostering interaction between students and faculty and providing space for receptions and public functions.
  • Sequencing of new construction and renovations into two phases minimized disruption and saved time and money.
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