O’Donnell Hall College of Education
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
The reconfigured original windowless, structure intersects the new addition in a seamless integration of a harmony in design details and sense of proportion. O’Donnell Hall’s new identity as a light-filled, technology-rich environment is defined by the 3-story addition, establishing a new visual campus identity.
The design provides a technology interface for today’s systems and infrastructure that will adapt to the future. The building volumes are organized to concentrate classroom spaces separate from the office function to enable greater energy efficiency. Other building features include multi-functional classrooms, computer labs, distance learning facilities, lecture hall, and a learning theater. The design team worked in a collaborative manner with the building committee and all stakeholders.
New, deep-set, high performance windows allow for maximum light transmission with minimal heat gain. When the building walls were open, new insulation was added, another step in achieving a more sustainable building design.
Van H. Gilbert Architect PC worked in association with Shepley Bulfinch of Boston.