Bellin College

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Planning for a new campus included developing a program of spaces to fully encompass a campus environment within a single building. The program called for general instruction classrooms, specialized skills labs, student services/activities center, faculty offices, computer lab, admissions center and library.

Our team employed an integrated design process which entailed having design professionals, construction trades and owner side-by-side during the entire building design. This collaborative design process focused on constant communication to minimize schedule, cost, and system conflicts on the project. At the onset, a target cost was established which was updated and discussed weekly with the core planning group. Overall, the project was well coordinated, under budget and exceeded the functional goals.

The college expressed the desire to have an environmentally sensitive building without pursuing LEED® certification. The team addressed this by employing the following strategies:

Orientation that takes advantage of the southern exposure
Efficient building envelope – high performance curtain wall and reflective roof system
Building automation for non-peak periods
Radiant floor heat at the perimeter
Efficient HVAC systems
Building materials that contain low VOC’s
Site design that minimizes impervious surface and retains storm-water on-site


Bellin College

Project Manager

Mike McMahon

When I reflect upon all that’s been done to get us to this time, when we’re welcoming our students to our own campus that was designed as a state-of-the-art academic facility, it makes my dream come true. -Jane Muhl, President/CEO, Bellin College