College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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material for public spaces: it's extremely durable, and denotes the strength and longevity of the institution. Since any additional applied wall material adds expense, selection and use should be considered carefully. There are commercially available products, which provide wood and stain choices, along with options for reveals, such as stainless steel. However, if not integrated well into the interior design they may look commercial, too, rather than adding a warm and invit- ing sense that makes colleges appealing. Furnishings Complement the Message The selection of furniture and equipment is also considered in ways that complement and reinforce the college's message to visi- tors and students. This goes well beyond the team colors and appliqué fi lm bearing the offi cial mascot or coat-of-arms. their alma mater. In some towns, the col- lege is so central to the local history that it can "borrow" the municipal image as part of creating those ceremonial spaces. Other campuses look decidedly to the future. In all events, key considerations for in- SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT. The design and furnishing of public campus spaces represent a challenge. These spaces must be both attractive and memorable. Find ways to complement and reinforce the institution's message to visitors and students. Incorporating unique, signature pieces — such as this set of bas relief wall panels — is just one way to accomplish these goals. Think about the meaning behind the historic campus architecture and its orna- ment. If it's a young school with modern architecture, that's just as critical. The founder's building is still central to the student body's expression and memory of WE MANUFACTURE BENCHES IN CONCRETE & terior design include color, pattern, texture, and material, as well as the basics of dura- bility and resilience for these high-traffi c, high-profi le locations. The main message is yes, get the specifi cations right — but then you can do so much more. For Norwalk Community College in New Haven, CT, for example, a new Center for Information Technology had to connect two different parts of the campus. The resulting double-height lobby includes an installation, 5,000 Years of Information Technology, consisting of 55 panels of 10 individual portraits in bas relief. Sculpted faces of prominent contributors to the fi eld of communication — from Demosthenes METAL Check our websites: & to view at least 100 more or call: 800.388.8728 for a full product catalog WAUSAU MADE IN Wausau Tile TM Choose from our standard products or we can create custom designs. OCTOBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 61

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