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Projects   Project Portfolio – May 2005
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Knowlton Hall, Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

At Ohio State University, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam’s new Knowlton Hall brings the design process to the larger academic community


Photo © Timothy Hursley

By Sara Hart

Last fall, the new Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) at Ohio State University (OSU) opened its doors to 550 undergraduate and graduate students, matriculated in three design fields—architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. The importance of this event cannot be overstated. The architecture school finally got the state-of-the-art facility that a high-profile, innovative program deserves.

The process was arduous and ambitious. Atlanta-based firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects survived the short-list judging to win the commission and was then instrumental in selecting Wandel & Schnell Architects (now WSA Studio) as its local collaborators. When the team was assembled, the challenges came into focus. The original budget couldn’t accommodate the school’s goals. The university initially settled for renovating the existing school and building a major addition, which would bring the three disciplines together for the first time in decades. The architects dutifully obliged with a scheme that worked well enough, but it would have produced merely an expensive compromise that would only be adequate for another 10 or so years.

So they went back to the proverbial drawing board, fortified with more money from the major donor—real estate developer and alumnus Austin E. Knowlton—and designed a 135,000-square-foot structure that consumed the entire site, which was necessary in order to absorb a hefty program—45 studios, 65 offices, computer labs, an archive, a 30,000-volume library, a 200-seat auditorium, and a state-of-the-art model shop with CNC machines for model fabrication.

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the People

Client
The Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture,
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Architect
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Inc.
111 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
T 404-525-6869
F 404-525-7061
www.msmearch.com

Principals:
Mack Scogin, AIA & Merrill Elam, AIA

Project Architect:
David Yocum, AIA

Project Team:
Brian Bell, AIA, John Trefry, Penn Ruderman, Barnum Tiller, Cecila Tham, Jeffrey Collins, Kevin Gotsch, Margaret Fletcher

Architect of Record
Wandel and Schnell Architects, Inc., dba WSA Studio
350 East First Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
T 614-297-1242
F 614-297-1281
www.wsastudio.com

Robert Wandel, AIA, Principal
Cissy Wong, AIA, Project Architect

Alan Sulser
Ivan Amy
Lannetta Vader
Yanitza Brongers
Kristen Poldemann

Interior designer
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Inc. www.msmearch.com
Wandel and Schnell Architects, Inc. www.wsastudio.com

FF & E Consultant:
Suzanne Toney, Amy Dupler

Engineer(s)
Structural:
Lantz, Jones & Nebraska, Inc. www.ljninc.com

MEP:
H.A.W.A. Consulting Engineers

Civil:
Bird & Bull, Inc.

Consultant(s)
Landscape:
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates www.mvvainc.com

Lighting:
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects www.msmearch.com
Ramon Luminance, Ramon Noya

Rainscreen Consultant:
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. www.wje.com

General contractor
P. J. Dick, Inc., Columbus, Ohio: www.pjdick.com

Photographer(s)
Timothy Hursley, The Arkansas Office

the Products

Structural system
Concrete Caissons & Grade Beams
Post-tensioned flat slab

Columns, floors, and inclined planes: post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete

Load Bearing Walls:
cast-in-place concrete

Non-Load Bearing Walls:
steel stud framing

Exterior cladding
Masonry:
Harris Masonry/ Vermont Marble www.vermont-marble.com

Metal/glass curtainwall:
– Glazer: Blakley's www.blakleys.com / YKK www.ykk.com
–  Metal Panel: Centria www.centria.com

Concrete:
– Post Tensioning: P.T. Systems
– Scaffolding: Safeway
– Concrete: Arrow Concrete Company
– Concrete Forming and Pouring: P.J. Dick, Inc. www.pjdick.com
– Concrete Slabs: Mansfield Concrete

Wood:
Millwork: Vaughn Interior Concepts, Inc.

Roofing
Built-up roofing:
Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheetmetal, Inc. / Built-Up Coal Tar Roofing

Glazing
Glass:
PPG Solarban 60 www.ppg.com

Skylights:
Naturalite Skylight Systems www.vistawall.com

Doors
Entrances:
YKK www.ykk.com

Metal doors:
Curries www.curries.com

Wood doors:
Eggers www.eggersindustries.com

Sliding doors:
Eggers www.eggersindustries.com; Hardware: Richard-Wilcox

Fire-control doors, security grilles:
Curries www.curries.com

Overhead Coiling Doors:
Cookson Rolling Door www.cooksondoor.com

Sectional Overhead Doors:
Haas Door www.haasdoor.com

Hardware
Locksets:
Best www.bestaccess.com

Hinges:
Hager www.hagerhinge.com

Closers:
LCN www.lcnclosers.com

Exit devices:
Von Duprin www.vonduprin.com

Pulls:
Best www.bestaccess.com, Hager www.hagerhinge.com

Card Reader:
Best www.bestaccess.com

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:
USG: 2x2 Eclipse ClimaPlus www.usg.com

Suspension grid:
USG, DONN DX www.usg.com

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Millwork: Vaughn Interior Concepts, Inc.

Paints and stains:
– Sherwin Williams- on gypsum board www.sherwin-williams.com
– Penetrol- on steel

Paneling:
Custom

Plastic laminate:
Formica www.formica.com

Floor and wall tile:
Daltile: Wall tiles in Restrooms www.daltile.com

Carpet:
Installer: The Invironmentalists, Inc. www.theinvironmentalists.com; Product: Karastan “Sisaltec in Lumena”, Custom Strikes

Furnishings
Knowlton School of Architecture Classic Furniture Collection knowlton.osu.edu

Office furniture:
Custom credenza

Shelving:
Spacesaver www.spacesaver.com

Desk:
Watson

Auditorium Fixed seating:
KI “Concerto”

Studio, Classroom, and Jury Chairs:
Herman Miller “Caper” www.hermanmiller.com

Tables:
Studio Desks and Worktables designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects www.msmearch.com and Wandel and Schnell Architects www.ws-architects.com

Lighting
Interior ambient lighting:
Custom Fabricated Fluorescent Lightboxes

Downlights:
Lithonia Lighting www.lithonia.com, Peerless www.peerless-lighting.com

Interior Flood Lighting:
Hydrel www.hydrel.com

Accent Lighting:
Altman Stage Lighting www.altmanltg.com

Exterior:
Kim Lighting: In-Grade Lighting www.kimlighting.com

Controls:
Leviton Lighting Control www.leviton.com

Conveyance
Elevators/Escalators:
Thyssenkrupp Elevator www.thyssenelevator.com

Lift:
National Wheel-O-Vator www.wheelovator.com

Plumbing
– American Standard www.americanstandard-us.com
– Elkay www.elkay.com

Water fountains:
OASIS

Custom stainless steel toilet lavatories island

 
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