EASTON, MA, December 4, 2019 - The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) recently completed the programming, planning, and design for the new $30 million Leo J. Meehan School of Business, offering 65,000-square feet of cutting-edge technology, adaptive classrooms and collaboration spaces attuned to innovation and flexibility. In addition to full architectural services, SLAM provided interior design, structural engineering and landscape architecture services.
In 2016, SLAM completed updates to Stonehill College’s Master Plan, providing a framework to better align the physical plan of the academic campus with the reconfiguration of various academic programs, including a School of Business. The school’s curriculum has been expanded to encompass the accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, economics and healthcare administration programs.
The new signature building better defines and energizes the existing main quadrangle, capturing the grandeur of classical Georgian architecture on campus, placing it in the center of activities between the library to the west and residential precinct to the east, presenting powerful visual connections back to the historic Donahue hall. As the quad continues to take shape, students, faculty, staff, or visitors will experience vital and attractive outdoor spaces that awaken the academic campus.
“Stonehill College is experiencing an amazing transformation period and SLAM is proud to preserve and celebrate the architectural story on campus, unlike the trend in Boston, where every building is designed to be its own entity,” says Neil Martin, AIA, SLAM Design Principal. “The School of Business was designed to be part of the symphony of other buildings on campus, creating a key moment as part of a contextual whole that reflects the values and great sense of community held in the college’s “Lux et Spes” seal (Light and Hope).
Juxtaposed to the building’s traditional exterior, is an elegant, warm and innovative interior that enhances the user experience through multiple senses and creates an inviting, modern environment. The learning and teaching experience have been enhanced by simulated trading rooms and advanced business innovation studios with maker spaces. The interior spaces resonate with abundant daylight through large dark framed windows. A light neutral tone on tone color and material palette comprised of honest materials of wood, glass, and stone, accented by dark contrasts in select locations, all wow factors in the proportions, variety of volumes and form of each space, as well as technology on display.
“While the building’s Georgian architecture is designed to reflect the true spirit of the Stonehill community and campus, the interior is designed to encourage innovation, advanced business environments and student exploration on a worldwide scale,” says Monika Avery, IIDC, NCIDQ, LEED AP, BD+C, SLAM Principal, Interior Architecture Studio.
SLAM is currently working on the Stonehill Chapel building renovation and upgrades.
The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) is a national, multi-disciplinary design firm offering architecture, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, site planning, structural engineering, pre-construction, with construction services offered throughout the New England region. Our market focus is on higher education, K-12 public/private education, healthcare, corporate, athletic and recreation sectors. Our infinite drive to unlock and solve complex design problems renders creativity in design to enrich lives. SLAM has offices in Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Glastonbury, CT, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY. For more information on SLAM please visit www.slamcoll.com.