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Facility Focus PHOTOS © JONATHAN HILLYER/ATLANTA CL A SSROOM SPACES Columbia Theological Seminary Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center T HE VERNON S. BROYLES JR. Leadership Center at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, connects a 20,500-sq.-ft. repurposed historic dormitory built in 1932 with 16,000 sq. ft. of new construction to create what is now the seminary's primary classroom building. The building houses two tiered lecture rooms, two classrooms, a large multipurpose space, and eight seminar rooms, as well as related spaces. The existing three-story wing combined with the new L-shaped addition and a covered arcade create a cloistered courtyard for outdoor teaching/gathering/ events. An iconic glass, steel, and masonry bell tower connects the former dormitory 68 with the new classroom wing and contains study balconies with moveable seating. With the exception of one lecture room with ﬁ xed tables optimized for global distance learning, all of the learning and public spaces in the new addition — as well as the seminar rooms in the existing wing — feature modular furniture to support various conﬁgurations for different types of learning and study. For example, the large tiered lecture hall has ﬂexible seating paired with nesting, foldable, wheeled trapezoidal tables. Each tier has space for two rows of seating, and the furniture can be adjusted for group work on the tiers or moved out of the way to be set up with seats only. Floor boxes in the COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 lecture/classroom/multipurpose spaces are located to support the most furniture layouts. The classrooms, designed to be illuminated with natural daylight and to be state-of-the-art learning spaces that represent the latest in education technology, have transformed the way students are learning. According to Marty Sadler, the Seminary's vice president for business and ﬁ nance, trustees agree that the classrooms, and the building itself, are a true afﬁ rmation of the importance of theological education. The LEED Gold-certiﬁed Broyles Leadership Center was designed by architecture ﬁrm Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS). CPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM