2017 Design Award
Swallow Hall Renovation & Reconstruction
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Architect: International Architects Atelier
General Contractor: Sircal Contracting
Photographer: Farshid Assassi
Swallow Hall was failing to meet modern needs and expectations. The integration of more flexible and varied workspaces was critical. So too was reinforcing the 123-year-old cherished campus structure. Before construction, the building consisted of two functional floors. In order to deliver more usable square footage without drastically altering the building’s footprint or historical aesthetic integrity, our team strategically raised a section of the roof and lowered the subterranean floor. In total, over 8,000 square feet of academic and support space were added in the basement and attic. Additionally, wanting to ensure another century of longevity, the decision was made to essentially reconstruct the entire building before renovating the interior. To achieve this, exterior masonry walls were fully grout injected and then braced as the two-story interior structure and roof were moved. The entire interior was reconstructed with a cast-in-place concrete structure.
A number of sustainable elements were incorporated inside and out. Where possible, original materials and architectural features were salvaged, and anything new was evaluated and specified to meet recycled content, regional priority and low-emitting goals with the project earning LEED Gold certification. The modernized interior is interactive, flexible, and able to adapt with ever-evolving pedagogy trends. Programming encourages a hands-on approach to education, wherein students learn through doing. Academic and technical spaces – seminar rooms, lecture halls, labs, and offices – are light and open, and surrounded by a number of lounges and resource centers where students can continue learning, collaborating with one another, or simply relax between sessions.