Project: ERAU Welcome Center
Capacity: Project Manager, Lead Designer
Construction Budget: 8,000,000
Area: 38,000 GSF
Occ. Type: Mixed Use (Business/Assembly)
Services: Design Competition
Engineering: n/a
Competition Date: January, 2010

HHO Architects was selected to compete for the new 38,000 GSF ERAU Welcome Center. The program for the competition emphasized the need for an emblematic building that drew upon the architecture of the campus. The design proposal sought to create a visual and physical link between the main artery of campus (Legacy Walk) and Clyde Morris Blvd. The arm of the L shaped building utilized "transparency" as its primary motive and "display" as its secondary scale, with both elements acting as an intermediary between the campus and its surrounding community.

Utilizing REVIT (BIM), the first floor plan was incorporated into the site plan to emphasize the role of the building as both a visual and physical intermediary between the surrounding arteries. The two storey atrium space was envisioned to act as a volumetric display area for the varied and diverse scientific and engineering accomplishments of the University. The space was also set to capture the chronology of the University through various mechanical artifacts and projected imagery. The remainder of the program called for Class A office and assembly space.

Gilchrist Architecture Design Collaborative