Cate Student Center, Meredith College
Raleigh, North Carolina
GBR Architects is currently designing the Kresge Pavilion for Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. The new Glass Pavilion will mark the end of the axis for the university’s front lawn. The new Glass Pavilion will also serve as the lecture hall lobby and reception area for the soon to be renovated Kresge Auditorium. The auditorium lecture hall is being updated to become a modern, fully accessible, multi-functional space with new wood acoustical wall treatment and fabric covered seating. The new wood and acoustical wall finish will create a warm and inviting environment for students and visitors, not found in other portions of the 1960’s building. Seating will include power and aisle lighting. New LED house and theater lighting will be provided on a theatrical piping system for event appropriate flexibility. Splayed walls, stretched fabric wall system in the rear and an acoustically absorptive ceiling will provide improved acoustics in this space.
The proposed Glass Pavilion will terminate the visual axis between the college’s original campus building, Johnson Hall, home to the college’s administration, and the Cate Student Center. It will replace the current blank, two-story masonry wall. A pedestrian plaza will ground the new pavilion and provide an outdoor gathering place for students traversing the campus. Strong diagonal lines of the proposed facade recollect the diagonal walkways of the existing lawn between the two buildings.