SFS Architecture

Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

Renovation/addition of historic campus buildings create state-of-the-art journalism school facility

Challenge

Connect and transform two historic buildings into modern educational facility with fully integrated technology amenities to accommodate current and future faculty, staff, students and visitors pursuing journalism studies and research.

Process

SFS designers worked closely with the University of Missouri campus architect, Journalism School representatives and facilities staff to identify functional needs and aesthetic goals and develop a design that introduces modern elements while honoring campus history and tradition.

Solution

The completed 47,000 SF facility occupies two existing buildings on MU’s Francis Quadrangle, connected via a new “Link” addition that incorporates the pristine use of red brick, detailed stone accents and ornate slate roofs found in the surrounding historic buildings. Inside, labs, classrooms, lecture halls, meeting rooms, library facilities, office spaces and other resources provide modern amenities with a user-friendly aesthetic and easily accessible technology. The result is a building that creates continuity and a sense of place within the Quadrangle while enhancing the School of Journalism and the overall campus.

Awards & Publications

2011
Published, flourish! Magazine - March/April 2011 “Dynamic Design”

2009
International Interior Design Association, Mid-America Design Awards - Education & Research: GOLD

2008
Published, Columbia Missourian - September 2008, “New journalism institute links past, present and future”

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