Knight and Bauer Halls, which form the Olin Business School, provide 177,000SF of new space, including seven classrooms, 21 group study rooms, 75 faculty offices, graduate program offices, the Weston Career Center, a cafe, and a Starbucks. Emerson Auditorium is located just outside the main entrance to Knight Hall. Glass walls and open stairways connect spaces throughout the building ensemble and allow natural light to filer from the fifth to the first level. Working with Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY) Architects, Mackey Mitchell served as Partner Architect.
For years, Olin was in need of more space. As the university considered how to approach their need for expansion, they focused on three factors: capacity, change and culture, with the desire to enhance their people-centered community.
Within two days of opening the doors to Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, students felt right at home. They naturally found the places for collaboration, quiet study, contemplation, and celebration. In many ways these spaces are energizing the school, the community culture, and defining the university's mission for Olin's second century in business: Create knowledge. Inspire individuals. Transform business.
The building has almost immediately become a magnet for the entire campus and truly a place of collaboration and community.
- Buzz Yudell
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects