University of Northern Iowa
Sabin Hall Renovation - Cedar Falls, Iowa - LEED GOLD Certified
Sabin Hall is a major classroom facility that also houses the office of the Dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS), and departmental and faculty offices. The 55,700 SF building is the center of a series of three designed by our predecessor firm.
Reopening a light well at the center of the building was the genesis for design decisions that followed. In addition to symbolism associated with light and education, the atrium improves daylighting, orientation, and wayfinding in the building.
Design objectives included adding new ground level entrances at high traffic locations, locating teaching spaces on Ground and First Levels to facilitate student access, resizing classrooms to meet current and anticipated class sizes, achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and integrating artwork with the architecture.