Hurley Convergence Center
Hidden within the thoroughly traditional exterior of the University of Mary Washington’s new Information and Technology Convergence Center is a hub of innovation and modernity: part creativity laboratory, part advanced digital resources nexus, and part showcase for practices and results. With massive digital archives capacity, the building and its technology represent a central point of access for ultra high quality, network based resources. Straddling the Campus Walk the university’s iconic orienting element the Hurley Center provides a physical and functional connection to the Simpson Library as well as a place for partnership and collaboration across disciplines.
The Georgian exterior blends seamlessly with its context while a sheer glass “slice” through the building hints to the 21st century program within. Inside, this window provides generous views and brings in filtered natural light. Open volumes and transparency encourage exploration of the various rooms and spaces that make the latest technology accessible to students and help faculty explore, train, and master the tools that support teaching increasingly tech savvy students. The self service workstations, collaboration studios, multi media and motion capture labs, classrooms, seminar rooms, a 200 seat auditorium, a cafe, and more are all furnished with a wide range of flexible pieces and punctuated with warm, vibrant finishes.