Two former bank buildings are now a hip, urban college campus where virtual reality and the latest technology are helping prepare students for careers. Federal Historic Tax Credits were used to fund the interior demolition and revitalization of the west building on the campus. Many of the building’s iconic features were saved including stone column wraps, stone walls by the elevators and even an old indoor drive-up lane and the bank’s vault. These unique elements blend seamlessly with the modern glass and open spaces in the building.
The two campus buildings are connected by a new two-story structure with a community room and a large courtyard. Images are projected at night onto the west building’s façade giving the buildings a true urban feel.
In the east building, a grand staircase presented a series of challenges. It was fabricated in a steel shop, rolled through a single door on top of finished floors and installed just in time for occupancy. The construction team worked carefully with the designer to create a staircase from three pieces of steel for significant cost savings without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal from stunning glass panels.