Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

Solution

Sacred Heart University, Martire Business & Communications Center

Fairfield, CT

Completion

2015

Awards

2017 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
2016 Merit Award, AIA New England
Sacred Heart University, Martire Business & Communications Center

Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

Sacred Heart University, Martire Business & Communications Center

Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

Sacred Heart University, Martire Business & Communications Center

Photo by Brad Prestbo, Sasaki

The Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center is home to the College of Business and Department of Communications and Media Studies. The design highlights its innovative facilities, including a striking lecture hall and gathering space, an active trading floor, multimedia classrooms, a motion picture and animation lab, two television studios, and a radio station. SGH designed the structure and consulted on the enclosure for the building with a 100-year service life.

 

Scope | Solutions

 

SGH designed the three-story structure with a partially below-grade level to meet the town’s height restrictions. Highlights of our structural design include:

  • Steel framing with braced frames in stair/elevator cores for flexibility

  • Parking below a hardscaped plaza constructed as a two-way, cast-in-place concrete slab designed for 3 ft of soil and a fire truck

  • Copper-clad grand arch, seeming to float over the building, supported by a steel exoskeleton thermally isolated from conditioned space

  • Wood-clad ellipse formed by steel angles hung from the lecture hall roof

  • A grand stair with standard treads and double-height treads serving as stadium seating looking out into the atrium

  • Customized framing to support three conical skylights above the atrium

  • Bolted relieving angles with thermal isolation and slip-critical connections providing for continuous air/vapor barriers and adjustability

  • Thermally-isolated, stainless steel framing for a cantilevered glass canopy

 

Highlights of our building enclosure consulting services include the following:

  • Evaluated durability considering the 100-year service life

  • Developed concepts for cladding details

  • Observed performance testing of as-built building enclosure systems and developed remedial details as necessary

  • Metal stud parapet designed to cantilever off the roof allowed for a continuous air and vapor barrier under the parapet

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