Harvard Jolly is currently working on the renovation for Cici & Hyatt Brown Hall for Health Innovation building, creating a science complex for students, providing expanded space for majors, such as Health Sciences, Biology and Public Health that have grown substantially over the last few years. Renovations consist in creating a cluster of research labs and student collaboration spaces. The 40,000 sf building will be connected to Sage Hall through internal glass walkways. The connection back to Sage Hall is important in the sense that it will preserve and strengthen the interdisciplinary interaction between disciplines that already have a shared focus. A new centrally located administration/reception space at the first-floor connector will be shared by departments housed in both buildings.
The design incorporates a diverse mix of formal and informal student collaboration spaces that are thoughtfully woven throughout the building. They include plenty of study and lounge spaces, video monitors, and ample power outlets. New flexible and transparent active-learning classrooms, small group “breakout” rooms, play therapy room, wet teaching labs, environmental field studies mud room, SMART lab, and research pods will enable students to work and learn in a variety of educational settings. A new Teaching Kitchen, Teaching/Community Garden and greenhouse will support the Sustainable Food Systems academic program, interdisciplinary learning, and Stetson’s larger community engagement efforts.
Flexible and movable furniture will encourage an attitude of working together. Natural light will be infused in spaces through the use of clerestory windows and floor-to-ceiling glass throughout the building. A central grand staircase will not only serve as a focal and directional point within the building, but it also encourages the users to move around and collaborate. The building will have a roof patio that overlooks the teaching garden, an outdoor courtyard and rooftop solar panels. Guiding principles for sustainable design, universal design and healthy buildings were used throughout the project.