Alter Hall, the center of the “campus crossroads”, has been completely reinvented as Xavier’s 21st Century academic classroom building. After completely gutting the building right down to its concrete columns and slabs, the University engaged a diverse group of stakeholders to lead and develop the final project. Teams of faculty, staff, administration, and students assembled to work directly with the architects, planners, engineers, and construction manager. Advisory committees with diverse composition were formed as subgroups to dive more deeply into various facets of technology, accessibility, sustainability, site design, MEP, interior design, and furniture. This collaborative approach enabled the team to intertwine a variety of stakeholder agendas into a common design strategy to help move Xavier’s national reputation of excellence and quality forward.
Alter Hall’s aggressive sustainability strategies exceed the University’s long-term climate action plan, resulting in the lowest energy consumption of all the buildings on campus. The project also creates a portfolio of flexible teaching and learning environments to accommodate a range of disciplines, curricula, and pedagogies. The result is a revitalized Alter Hall that is positioned to contribute to teaching and learning for a long time into the future.
Today Alter Hall is not just a place for students and faculty to attend or teach classes. It has become a “destination” where the Xavier University community likes to spend time outside of the required sessions. And that is a big measure of success in itself!