OPN worked with the University on an extensive renovation project to update the interiors of the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center with 21st-century learning in mind. Previously, when entering the building, you were met with a hallway and closed-door spaces. Visitors now walk into an open space, right in the heart of the building.
Active student spaces add life and vitality to the building. An open floor plan, cafe space, multiple variations of student study space — individual, group, and open — allows students to choose the setting in which they thrive best. New technology was incorporated throughout the building to give students and visitors the tools they need to succeed.
OPN had previously worked with the University on the design of the Athletic Learning Center. The original project provided tutorial and study space for all student athletes at the University. The facility contained an instructional space, library, and administrative offices on the first floor; a study lounge, computer lab, tutorial rooms, and additional administrative offices on the second floor; and mechanical space on the third floor. The exterior of the building has an historic, collegiate aesthetic intended to blend in with the rich character of the west campus residence area. Brick veneer and stone accents combine with a sloped shingle roof and copper trim to create a timeless quality to the exterior design.