Central Michigan University – Grawn Hall

  • area / size 51,000 sqft
  • Completed 2017
  • TowerPinkster has completed the design of Central Michigan University’s Grawn Hall located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

    Grawn Hall, which houses Central Michigan University’s College of Business Administration, was in need of major renovations as the existing building is composed of construction from three eras (1915, 1965 and 1989). Central Michigan University desired to renovate and design an architecturally-consistent and student-friendly academic environment. The University’s goal was to change the perception of Grawn Hall from a simple classroom building, to a collaborative and technology-rich space for student gathering.

    Following an in-depth facility assessment and collaborative design phase, the project completed for the Fall 2017 academic year. A key part of TowerPinkster’s design was developing a space where students want to spend more of their time. The space includes 4-6 publicly available team project spaces appropriate for small groups. These spaces offer technology-rich, flexible accommodations for collaboration. A student reading/study room was also designed along with outdoor seating. Larger spaces provide accommodations for 150-200 people for seated speaking events, as well space that can be used for catered receptions.

    The renovation creates a cohesive, modern space throughout the entire first floor of Grawn Hall while offering a more visually-connected Business Student Services office which serves as an advising center for the College. The dynamic learning environment enables the next generation of College of Business Administration graduates to excel.

    : Justin Maconochie