University of Northern Iowa Bartlett Hall
posted on October 27, 2015 by Nick Hildebrandt in Education
Struxture was commissioned by The University of Northern to study solutions in relocating the departments housed in Baker Hall to Bartlett Hall compared to building a new facility. Baker Hall housed the departments of English Language and Literature, Philosophy and World Religions, Modern Languages, Psychology/Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, and the Cultural and Intensive English Program. The building had both environment and accessibility issues. Bartlett Hall was built in 1917 and 1924 as a residence hall but no longer provided a housing environment that meet student needs.
The best viable solution was to renovate Bartlett into faculty offices, seminar rooms and laboratories allowed the University to preserve this historically significant building. Renovating Bartlett Hall for academic departments allowed the University to bring the facility up to current standards and provide convenient and appropriate space for faculty and staff. Working with all user group stakeholders, StruXture de-dormifyied Bartlett Hall to create a modern facility that gave each department its own identity. Creating spaces for collaboration between departments and students. Integrating modern techniques and mechanical systems while retaining the 1917 character. Educational spaces intertwine with the faculty departments to create a socially interactive building as part of central campus.
After relocating the departments, Baker Hall was razed to open the central campus to the main southern entry and handicap accessibility was improved. This dramatically improved the connection of the central campus to the active Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and to patrons coming to UNI events.