Benedictine University - Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
Design Achievement - The new College of Business academic building at Benedictine University will elevate their mission to build a better world through business. It serves to anchor the south end of the Quad - an expanse of grass, plants and trees, benches, sidewalks, and landmark-style lamps – and features classrooms, social spaces and banquet areas to attract community members to campus. DLR Group’s design supports BenU’s focus on global partnership, stemming from their coordination with services abroad, as well as establishing itself in markets in places like China and Vietnam. The Global Hall educates the public on where companies are in the world and what they do. There is also a 16-screen matrix media wall that has the capability to display television channels, graphics, websites, movies, and presentations. The new building is designed to host an array of events like student organizations, event management, and hoteling for local and global businesses. Even more, it can host public or private events. For example, the Competency Assessment room, part of the executive partner’s suite, is a multipurpose room for corporate employers, student run business events, video coaching and project team rehearsals. Overall, the design will deliver education with transparency, an initiative intended to develop an interactive and collegial place for learning and interdepartmental awareness.
Scope Summary - The new 125,000 SF facility has 21 educational spaces, including a 600 seat auditorium, a banquet hall, three computer classrooms and two distance learning classrooms to connect students across the globe. The building has available space capable of expanding an additional 12 classrooms. A mixed-use gallery space and a 4th floor banquet room allows the community to utilize the facility. Visitors and students can enjoy a birds-eye view of the campus from the 4th floor terrace. DLR Group designed a Center for Corporate Partnership, which includes an Executive Partner’s Suite, to bring local and worldwide businesses in for collaborative teaching and learning sessions. These spaces are primarily focused on development of undergraduate and master’s students. DLR Group provided architecture, interiors and commissioning services.
“Goodwin Hall provides us with cutting-edge amenities and second-to-none facilities... The new building is a lasting testament to our commitment to prepare highly competent values-based business leaders.” - Sandra Gill, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business at Benedictine
Take a tour of DLR Group's design for this major addition to the Benedictine University campus.