To support the University’s academic growth, the design team focused on expanding BCU’s oldest and original building Heelan Hall as the small 70 acre campus provided little room for an additional building.
This building is a four story structure of cast concrete superstructure and masonry veneer. The project consists of major renovation of the entire mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as alterations to accommodate ADA compliance, building code issues and finishes/alterations. An addition closes the existing u-shape structure to create a finished atrium space. Phase I, completed in 2008, consisted of the evaluation of existing building systems and programming. Extensive interviews involving administration, staff and faculty members were conducted to determine programming needs and prepare recommendations for the addition and remodel of this 1930’s classroom building.
Phase II was the design of the addition and remodel to accommodate the growing needs of the University, upgrade all building systems and comply with ADA requirements. As Heelan Hall is the only classroom building on campus and must be fully functional at all times, the project was carefully scheduled to ensure that students, facility and visitors had access to their classroom space. The existing single story Heelan Auditorium on the west side was removed. This made way for the new 3-story addition which will house additional classrooms as well as complete the closure of the building perimeter to create an atrium space in the center. This also houses additional restrooms, coffee shop, new elevator and gathering space for Meis auditorium.
Phase 1 Completion: July 2008
Phase 2 Completion: July 2013
Project Size: 49,000 sq. ft.