BRB Architects has completed the 57,000 square foot campus centre at Molloy College.
The Public Square will feature spaces such as a café, lounges, study rooms, student club space, a bookstore and an art gallery. It also houses a 550-seat theatre, as well as rehearsal and office spaces for the music department.
The building is organised as a series of three layers separated by open-ended circulation spines. The masonry-clad westernmost layer houses support spaces and enclosed offices.
The loft-like central layer of the building with its exposed steel structure is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing multiple uses on a daily basis and can be reconfigured based on the evolving needs of the campus.
This zone contains larger spaces such as the multi-purpose space, the art gallery, student club workrooms, and the information commons, a flexible, technologically enabled space and features a large sky lit atrium.
The glass and zinc clad easternmost layer of the building acts as a veranda, visually connecting lounge and study spaces to the outdoor quadrangle.
A 550-seat theatre forms the southernmost area of the building, and is designed as a separate pavilion.
Through the use of sand cast red brick, oak doors, and a warm natural colour palette, the building maintains a connection to the existing campus design.
Sustainable design objectives include: minimising storm water run-off and heat absorption in parking areas and on roofs; ensuring good air quality; maximising daylight and views; reducing water and energy usage; constructing with regionally obtained materials and using low-emitting paints, carpeting and composite wood products; and providing for day-to-day healthy operation and maintenance.
LEED certification for the project is pending.