Insights  |  News

Rhodes College: Robertson Hall Science Facility

Jane Cady Rathbone, Sep 13, 2017
Insights  |  News

Rhodes College: A Sense of Place

Jane Cady Rathbone, Sep 12, 2017
Insights  |  Curricular

Creating Long-Lived Spaces

Timothy F. Winstead, Aug 11, 2017
We believe buildings that are loved and endure, matter. Hanbury Design Philosophy
Project  |  Planning

Student Residence Master Plan

Simon Fraser University

Hanbury was asked to help create a unified vision for housing that would not only meet Simon Fraser University’s recruitment and retention goals but that would be financially sustainable in the long term. The final plan shows growth in student housing from six percent in 2015 to eighteen percent by 2030.

The process included a series of visioning sessions with campus stakeholders, focus groups with students from all class years, a web-based student survey to assess demand for housing on campus, the development of an alignment paper presented to University executive staff showing how housing’s goals aligned with the University’s strategic plan, two, site planning charettes to explore new housing opportunities. 

A phased implementation plan and financial plan were then created that outlines  demolition of two existing residence halls, quality of life renovations of all remaining halls, and the construction of 1,700 new beds and a new dining center. 

Project  |  Architecture

Robertson Hall (New Science Building) and Briggs Renovation

Rhodes College

The New Science Building at Rhodes College is designed to meet the growing needs of the Biology and Chemistry Departments. Comprised of state-of-the-art research and teaching labs, classrooms, unique study spaces, and faculty offices for both the Chemistry and Biology Departments, the New Science Building demonstrates Rhodes’ commitment to excellence in higher education. The lower level and first level of the building are dedicated to the Biology department, while the second level houses the Chemistry Department.

The new building is a book-end building to the Paul Barret Jr. Library, thereby completing and redefining the Rhodes Green quad. The lower level of the New Science Building connects to the existing, below-grade science departments of neighboring Frazier Jelke. The Collegiate Gothic design is infused with contemporary monumental glazing, and streamlined detailing throughout, taking its cues from the rich tradition and heritage of Rhodes College.

The renovation to Briggs Science Center provides a large, flexible, multipurpose room at the center of that campus for hosting lectures, seminars and receptions. Supporting break-out spaces and lounges provide comfortable areas for student gathering and study. The patios at the north and south sides extend from the multipurpose room and lounge and provide inviting exterior spaces and tie to the Rhodes green to the north and the greened and re-landscaped Frazier Jelke plaza to the south. 

The renovation also supports the growth of the Computer Science Department by consolidating computer classrooms, seminar spaces, a research virtual reality lab, and faculty offices in one building to promote a connection between faculty and students.

Project  |  Planning

Campus Master Plan

College of Charleston

Challenged by the need to modernize and expand within a constrained urban footprint, the College of Charleston sought a master plan that would provide direction for physical improvements while celebrating its ties to the City of Charleston and South Carolina's Low Country. The 12-month integrated planning process engaged not only campus stakeholders, but city planners, historic preservation groups, and neighborhood associations. The Master Plan identifies nearly one million square feet of new facilities and improvements seamlessly embedded in the city and campus’ historic fabric.

These strategically-sited infill projects will create and reinforce academic clusters and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, while also integrating student life facilities and residence halls to create a true living-learning community. A new Learning Technology Center and active-learning classrooms are integrated in new and existing facilities to enhance teaching and learning outcomes. Public/private partnerships are a proposed as a way to leverage limited resources. Many of the planning initiatives proposed by the Master Plan are currently being implemented.

In advancing the College of Charleston’s strategic vision, the plan honors its unique historic location, reinforces existing campus centers, energizes the civic realm, and strengthens the College’s relationship with its community.

Data Analytics

Space Analysis undertaken by the Hanbury team included a Space Utilization and Space Needs Analysis. The utilization study included a determination of existing facility efficiencies and a quantitative evaluation of built space in comparison with recognized standards. Utilization of existing facilities was found to exceed standards, however recommendations included updating classroom infrastructure to reflect new teaching modalities.

An identification of space needs was made in relation to existing facilities at the base year of fall 2010 and for projected needs 10 years in the future. The study included an analysis of academic space, academic support space, and auxiliary space. It also included an analysis of space needs by school, college, and major administrative unit.

The College’s future space needs, challenged by constrained growth opportunities within the historic zone, require focused planning scenarios and multiple implementation strategies. These are fulfilled in a master plan that cites the potential for almost one million square feet of new facilities, which are intended to reinforce the College’s highly customized student-centered approach to learning.

“It was a pleasure working with this team, and the Board of Trustees members were very impressed with the depth and vision they provided.”

– Stephen C. Osborne, Former Executive Vice President for Business Affairs, College of Charleston