Merritt Hall is the final building completing the historic North Quad originally conceived in the early 1900’s campus master plan by the office of Frederick Law Olmsted.
The new building is home to the college’s Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Department of Psychology and features department offices and teaching space for the internationally recognized Deaf Education Program, including ASL classroom space. There is also an Academic Skills Center, including a testing suite, numerous classrooms, seminar rooms, and student lounges, as well as interior and outdoor terrace space for campus gatherings.
Fitting comfortably into the hillside, Merritt Hall provides two “front” doors to engage the building with its context on all sides and fits very comfortably into its high profile location on campus.
- A unique circulation pattern for each floor, accomodates the variety of program needs for each floor within tight site constraints
- Glass window walls along corridors bring "borrowed light" to the interior corridors
- Oversized exterior windows and a west terrace visually scale down a relatively large building mass to comfortably fit in with the adjacent campus context
- High quality materials, with a brick, limestone and slate roofing exterior fit well into the historic quad and were detailed to stand the test of time
- Psychology Department includes an avian animal testing facility designed to AAALAC standards
- A very prominent campus location required a building designed with "four front facades" requiring careful aesthetic integration of building service facilities
- Program spaces include offices, seminar rooms and general registrar classrooms supporting Department of Psychology, Graduate & Proffesional Studies and Deaf Education.
- Academic Skills Center
- Deaf Education Department includes additional glass for visual transparency and commuinication, wider "communication nodes" in the corridors to promote more casual student/faculty American Sign Language (ASL) communication and an "In the Round " ASL Classroom
- Graduate/Commuter Student Lounges open on to an expansive outdoor terrace
- Outdoor terrace overlooking playing fields serves as a great outdoor venue for events
- Two seminar rooms on the top floor have convenient classroom furniture storage and a small outdoor terrace enabling these spaces to also serve as an indoor entertainment and event venue
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