Benedictine University At Mesa, Gillett Hall225 East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
Design Achievement – As part of its effort to revitalize downtown Mesa, the City approved an adaptive reuse of a vacant office building on Main Street as the new Benedictine University Mesa campus. DLR Group's design transformed existing city-owned buildings into a next generation learning environment to create a campus front door to the University within the context of the existing neighborhood. DLR Group also achieved the goal of revitalizing its downtown area by creating a dynamic and vibrant space that reflects the spirit of Benedictine University.
Scope Summary – The 70,000 SF campus features nine classrooms as well as an interactive classroom with non-traditional, flexible furniture; a nutrition lab with kitchenettes; a computer lab; chapel; spirit store; library; and a community room. The space also includes local and distance learning facilities featuring state-of-the-art technology and media. The dramatic entrance to the building includes a courtyard with the iconic red Benedictine emblems. The team also assisted the City and University in site selection for the first phase of the campus. DLR Group provided architecture and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services.