PROJECT Ringling College of Art and Design Greensboro Hall
ARCHITECT Ayers Saint Gross:Dennis Lynch, Rosalie Tilghman, Phillip Raguindin, Jordan Hawes, Susan Sullivan, Estefania Vasquez-Domme, Hans Graf, Glenn Neighbors, Amelle Schultz, Robert Claiborne, Noah Harburger, Adam Ravestein, Tarek Saleh, Christopher Sillars, Allison Wilson
GENERAL CONTRACTOR Willis A Smith Construction
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Ayers Saint Gross
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Snell Engineering Consultants
CIVIL ENGINEER AM Engineering, Inc.
MECHANICAL ENGINEER TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHER/RENDERER Kroo Photography / Ryan Gamma Photography (pages 1, 3 right, 6 top right, 10) / Allan Mestel - Mestel Photography (pg 6 right middle)
LOCATION Sarasota, Florida, US
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 8/1/2020
Since its founding in 1931 by circus impresario and avid art collector John Ringling, Ringling College of Art and Design has grown to be one of the nation’s preeminent art and design schools. Greensboro Hall is a new 269-bed residence hall in Sarasota, Florida designed to embrace the college’s creative spirit and the natural beauty of the subtropical landscape. The building establishes a vibrant new identity for underclass students, supporting their growth and creative pursuits.
The design balances Sarasota Modern with the mission, structure, and spirit of Ringling’s campus. The exterior palette of stucco, metal wall panel, and storefront seamlessly integrate into the campus vernacular. Greensboro Hall is carefully sited to enhance the landscape through the creation of a verdant quad and preservation of mature trees. Clear geometry and open connections to the landscape allow students to engage with nature.
Interiors are inspired by the colors, patterns, and movements of deep ocean water. Bold gem-tones define the spaces. The warmest colors start on the top floor and work their way down to the coolest, deep blues on the lower levels. The design team collaborated with alumni and staff to create murals in public areas, further establishing connections across the campus, students, and the building.
The design of the LEED Silver building creates new connections to a series of transformative campus projects, including a new dining hall and an arts walk, a choreographed path linking existing interior galleries with a redistributed layout of exterior sculptures.
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