General classroom building, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
It is the intent of this project to design a General Classroom Building for Ball State University. The building was designed specifically to house a number of the social science departments, particularly the departments of Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, and the Urban Studies Institute. Consideration was also given to the housing of the Dean of the College of Science and Humanities.The primary concern was that of trying to satisfy the needs of the students. The faculty and staff act as support functions for the needs of the student.Because of the tremendous changes occurring in education and the University's policy of making this a general classroom building which may house the social sciences for only a limited period, a degree of flexibility is incorporated into the design. This is accompolished by placing the mechanical and electrical systems in the ceiling to floor space at each level with access from below. This system allows quick inexpensive changes-and alterations without disturbing other spaces and systems. The structural system is a typical column - beam situtation. This is an inexpensive system which allows a great deal of flexibility within each bay. The partition system is demountable and independent of the other systems, making it quite flexible.The concept for the design is a major circulation core with the primary functions surrounding it. The need for a major circulation space from which everything, revolves results from the large volume of people who use the building each day (23,000 students). The classroom and office functions are destinct but need to be in close proximity. The office section and the classroom section are broken into three and two bays, respectfully, in order to facilitate mechanical distribution and reduce the scale of the massing.The office bays are entered at only two points from the circulation core. At these points are located the various departmental offices which act an infromation-screening centers. Individual faculty offices are grouped around the perimeter of each bay. The grouping of the offices results from a need for each faculty member to relate to a smaller group, provide a common space among a group of offices, and create a spatial transition between the offices and the large secretarial area. The center portion of each officebay is the secetarial area in which all of the secretaries are located in order to lessen duplication of equipment and personal.Each classroom bay is centered around an entry point. The seminar and lab spaces are located furthest from the entry point because they have less class changes and a lesser student volume. The classrooms are a basic box which allows a number of seating arrangements. 1 focal point is located in one corner of the room which can be a lecturn, blackboard, projection screen, etc.The building is sited so that a large number of students other than those having classes in the building will pass through it. This is because the disciplines housed in the building will pass through it. This is because the disciplines housed in the building are "people oriented", past and present. Thus the building will become a living laboratory. The circulation core is a multi-story interior court which allows the user to relate to the buildings as a whole and become more involved in the various activities of the building.