March 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM
MADISON, NJ - The Ehinger Center at Drew University has received recognition for its cutting-edge architectural design.
The American Institute of Architects of New Jersey has recognized the campus building for its renovated, expansive design.
This winter, the AIA New Jersey chapter awarded KSS Architects, LLP a merit award for the Ehinger Center. The awards ceremony was attended by James Hall, Drew’s director of planning, design and construction.
Prior to its renovation, Hall said the design of the student center was disjointed, with public areas inconveniently located. “Now it’s designed to reflect how people actually use the building,” Hall said. “It’s comfortable. It’s a tremendous improvement.”
The Ehinger Center is one of the most frequently used buildings on campus. It contains a student café, two lounge areas, a performance space, a pub, administrative offices, and other common areas. In 2012, it re-opened after a yearlong addition. The new Ehinger Center added 3,000 more square feet in space, a raised roofline, fireplaces, a two-story rotunda, a wall of windows looking out onto the campus and a barrel-vaulted ceiling—along with a new name.
“We are thrilled that the design of the Ehinger Center was recognized by the American Institute of Architects of New Jersey,” said Pamela Rew, partner, KSS Architects. “Great time and care was taken to work with the university to design a project that would elevate student life and create a rich learning environment,” she added. “The Ehinger Center truly is the heart of the campus.”
The Ehinger Center, along with being home to campus offices, student clubs and the campus pub, is a well-used space that makes visitors feel at home.
Michael Kopas, Drew’s assistant vice-president who oversees facilities, said, “The project was a tremendously successful collaborative effort right from the beginning. A design can only be successful when there is a clear understanding of the goals at the very outset. The project team did an excellent job in all aspects.”