Fitchburg State University Conlon Hall

Fitchburg State University Conlon Hall

|   Fitchburg MA
Overview Lobby: Conlon Hall is the 40 year-old home of the Communications Media and Industrial Technology programs at Fitchburg State University. Without a place to effectively communicate the energy and talent of the building’s occupants, this project repurposes the main entry into a suite of public gathering spaces equipped with large, high-definition media walls programmed to showcase the work of students and faculty.

The entrance has been transformed into an inviting place to congregate, relax, and experience the dynamic range of work being produced throughout the building. The University also uses this space to orient visitors to the impressive accomplishments of their students and faculty.

The design combines comfortable seating with warm beechwood ceilings, walls, and cabinetry, complemented by slate black porcelain tile floors. Each of the main lounges features a 6-foot by 10-foot display of zero-bezel flat panel monitors with a high fidelity multi-channel dolby sound system. State-of-the-art digital technology enables independent projection control on each of the monitors, allowing for any display combination – from 9 single images up to a single multi-tile image.

Overview Gaming Lab: A new suite of high-tech teaching and testing spaces was created in support of FSU’s new Game Design curriculum. Situated within FSU’s Conlon Hall, home of the Communications Media Studies Department, the Gaming Lab supports an emerging area of expertise to meet the opportunities of the world-wide gaming industry. The Gaming Lab includes fully equipped computer labs, game testing spaces, a motion capture studio and a “front porch” lobby/lounge that is envisioned as a catalyst for bringing building occupants together in a casual, engaging setting. Each space incorporates interactive surfaces including magnetic glass markerboards and dry erase paint to create more collaborative, innovative learning environments.

Fitchburg State University
2,225 SF; 5,500 SF
$450,000; $2.7 M
Bertaux + Iwerks Architects
Leonard Bertaux, AIA