Illick Hall, Lecture Hall Renovation
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
HOLT transformed an outdated 1960’s classroom space into an accessible, technology-rich, flagship classroom that would be incorporated into campus tours and help draw students to the campus.
The design underscores the SUNY ESF brand and incorporates a wood ceiling canopy to symbolize the importance of nature and the environment to the ESF community. A fresh, bright color palate welcomes students and offers them an enlivening, engaging space to learn.
Seminar-style tables and swivel chairs enhance the ease in which students can sit and move around the space. An extra-large dual rear projection screen, dry-erase and chalk boards, audio drops, and instructor task lighting and controls enhance visibility, audio accessibility, and a variety of teaching styles.
The project also included a major ADA retrofit to provide universal access to the lowest level and enhancements to the corridor with new student waiting bench, USB chargers, and an updated finish palate.
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- Renovation provides for better student/teacher interactions.
- Built-in seating directly outside the lecture hall visually defines the entrance.
- Illick Hall is home to the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology – the college’s largest academic department.