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The University’s Old Graduate College, constructed in 1914, was designed by Ralph Adams Cram in the Collegiate Gothic style. We were engaged by the University to provide architectural and engineering services for common space improvements, upgrading its interior common spaces as part of a multi-phased plan. We developed a new program, established priorities, and assessed the existing condition of the College’s basement and first floor common spaces. We also examined the feasibility of constructing a servery adjacent to the large dining space, Procter Hall, within a service courtyard.
The goal of the Common Space Improvements Master Plan developed was to build the culture within the Graduate College by increasing shared and group activity among the College population. The master plan aims to encourage the social life of the Graduate College community by enhancing existing social spaces within the College, reorganizing underutilized basement spaces to better serve student , and by examining the programmatic opportunities presented by the possibility of new construction infilling the Kitchen Court. In support of these interventions, the master plan also seeks to improve the functionality of the building’s administrative and support spaces and to address existing circulation deficiencies in and around the building’s common spaces.
The project focused on new and enhanced social spaces in the basement. These include a social hall, a vending café, a television room, and space for recreational games. On the level above, we re-organized and renovated the existing Porter’s Lodge to enable the college administrators to better support the student recreational programs at the college.