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College marks major milestone with hiring of an architectural firm to design Legacy Hall

Feb 23, 2018

Goody ClancyThe hiring of a national architectural firm to design Legacy Hall, the College of Business’ $88 million new building, marks a major step toward the long-awaited relocation of the college to a prominent downtown spot in the heart of the Gaines Street corridor. 

The Boston, Mass.-based firm specializes in planning and preservation and serves educational, governmental and private-sector clients. They are known for designs that enhance student collaboration, both within the academic community and throughout the global business network, and for integrating sustainable design principles and the latest instructional technologies into their design process.

Business school clients include Harvard University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Dallas, Dartmouth College, Boston University and the University of New Hampshire. The firm has designed more than 35 academic teaching and research facilities and 3 million-plus square feet of laboratory space.

Goody Clancy has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the United Nations, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the Society for College and University Planning. They have won more than 150 design awards, including six national AIA Honor awards.

“This is an exciting time for all of us at the college, as selecting an architect signals forward progress on Legacy Hall,” said Michael Hartline, dean of the college. “We were fortunate to have a slate of really terrific candidates for the design work, but we felt Goody Clancy would be the perfect choice for our new home.”

The location of Legacy Hall near the burgeoning business complex on Gaines Street will give business students and faculty members ample opportunity to collaborate with civic leaders, corporate partners and other academic units in a variety of initiatives. The anticipated timeline, which depends on funding, has groundbreaking set for the second half of 2019, a 22- to 24-month construction phase, and an anticipated grand opening date in fall 2021.

To help Goody Clancy capture the look and feel, style, culture and essence of FSU and the College of Business, alumni and friends will have an opportunity to share insights during the design phase as Dean Hartline and firm representatives take to the road in the coming months for a series of “Meet the Architect” events across Florida:

  • April 3: Orlando/Winter Park
  • April 4: Tampa
  • May 1: Fort Lauderdale
  • May 2: Miami
  • May 3: Tallahassee

“I am very much looking forward to working with our alumni and friends to create a shared vision for Legacy Hall,” said Hartline. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the College of Business community to dream big, make a lasting difference and boost the upward trajectory of our college.”

For more information about the Meet the Architect events, please contact Marissa Langston, assistant dean for Alumni and Community Engagement at mlangston@business.fsu.edu.

By: Barbara Ash





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