Higher Education

Saint John’s University | Peter Engel Science Renovation

This renovation of the Peter Engel Science Hall provided for a new faculty department, to reflect changes in pedagogy, and to enliven the building. These enhancements started in the corridors, where the ceilings have been updated and now have continuous LED strip lights. The classrooms and labs behind cement-block walls are now opened and inclusive by introducing windows. Prospective students and other passersby will now be able to see into…

St. John’s University | Learning Commons

The Learning Commons at Saint John’s University is a vibrant community commons focused on 21st century pedagogy and social learning trends. This facility is an energetic melding of formal and informal learning, casual dining, retail sales, socialization and multi-purpose venues providing a student commons – with books for learning – at the heart of Saint John’s University campus.

Saint John’s University | Hill Museum and Manuscript Library

The mission of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), founded in 1965, is to locate and preserve manuscripts world-wide, either through acquisition or digital photography.  The digital collection includes over 125,000 manuscripts comprising over 40,000,000 individual pages.  The physical collection includes over 10,000 pieces including manuscripts, incunabula, rare books, and individual pages. An art and artifact collection of over 6,000 pieces includes paintings, lithographs, sculpture, tapestries and furniture.  The Saint John’s…

Colorado College | South Hall Residence Renovation & Addition

South Hall, originally built in 1954, is one of the primary residence halls on campus. This project was a major renovation to an existing traditional residence hall, providing a new residence life experience for the 21st century. It was the only renovation project to be featured in the ACUHO-i 21st Century Project. The signature building addition provides a new living learning center within the residence hall for student use and…

St. John’s University | Alcuin Library Renovation

CSNA Architects completely renovated this 1964 masterpiece by legendary architect Marcel Breuer to create a more hospitable, modern environment.  The building environment was improved, increased access, and expanded learning spaces. The collections were relocated to specialized compact shelving, creating free space for soft seating and social functions. This new space supports the community and student collaboration. A special collections space was designated to house and display The Saint John’s Bible….

St. John’s University | Science Hall Addition

This addition to iconic architect Marcel Breuer’s Science Center was a testament to his design mastery. Our directive was that the new building must respect the work of Breuer completely, but without imitation. It must engage the dialogue established by Breuer’s work, with a contemporary statement which stands alone yet not argue, be worthy of attention yet not detract.

Colorado College | Children’s Center

The Cheryl Schlessmen Bennet Children’s Center is a pre-school completed for and operated by Colorado College. The architecture is modelled after houses that are common in the Old North End historic district of Colorado Springs.  The distinctive features include gabled roof dormers over each classroom that bring in an abundance of natural light.  The windows have 3×3 window grille pattern that is characteristic of the historic neighborhood. Other features include…

Colorado State University | Natural Science Building

CSNA Architects was tasked with creating the design and bridging documents for a new five story research facility for the biology department within the College of Natural Sciences. To understand the building resident’s needs and functions, CSNA conducted many design charettes with each user group of research faculty that would be housed in the new space.  The final design became an efficient machine that allowed for maximum flexibility of the…

Colorado College | Baca Lodge

The Baca Lodge is a three-building facility situated at the base of Crestone Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.  It provides living, dining, and classroom opportunities for faculty and students who journey here from The Colorado College’s main campus on social and learning retreats.