Robert A.M. Stern Architects
This new four-story building nearly doubles the space previously available to the School of Education, providing badly needed offices, clinics, and common spaces for its diverse array of academic, research, and clinical programs.
Located on a steeply sloped site at the western perimeter of the university’s historic Central Grounds, Bavaro Hall features red brick and limestone façades with painted wood trim, six-over-six double-hung windows, and a metal standing-seam roof. Bavaro Hall and the School’s former home, Ruffner Hall, are linked by an inviting courtyard garden framed between two open-air colonnades.
The first floor of the new facility accommodates student services, the dean’s suite, conference and meeting spaces, a large multipurpose room, a coffee bar, and the Commons, the School’s primary indoor social gathering space, which opens directly to the courtyard for indoor/outdoor events. Two generously proportioned naturally-lit stairs lead up to departmental suites, faculty offices, and meeting rooms on the upper two floors. Bavaro Hall houses 55 individual faculty offices, 10 conference rooms, five program area suites, four administrative suites, and a great room lecture hall.
This project is LEED Gold certified.