PDR's Mark Freeman and Todd Shafer, center, were at the AIA New England Conference to receive the award for the project. (Conference photo credit John W. Hession.)
Named after the fourth president of SNHU, this Welcome Center embodies the University's goal of creating a signature building that serves as the front face of campus, immediately communicating SNHU's supportive philosophy to visitors upon arrival. The building houses Admissions, Career Development and Institutional Advancement departments. By collocating these user groups under one roof, the Gustafson Center becomes the first place to greet prospective students, and also provides the opportunity to connect with enrolled students pursuing future careers before they leave the University at graduation.
The jury appreciated the clarity of the architectural idea and the skill by which it has been materialized. We know how difficult it is to operate within the constraints of university budgets. This project seems to have pushed these limits to create spaces that go beyond defined program. The soaring exterior room enclosed by the slatted screen is impressive in its vision...it is such moves that separates great architecture from everything else. - Jury Comments.
Project photos by Chuck Choi.