The University of Toledo recognized the tremendous potential in the historic Memorial Field House as a key educational asset for future generations. The challenge was to transform the historic facility into a 21st Century center for learning and engagement.

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The new three story structure features a dramatically skylit central “Town Hall” atrium that serves as a vibrant public space for student interaction. The Town Hall has quickly become one of the most popular meeting and study spaces on campus. Offices function as neighborhood suites to promote interaction between students and faculty. Classrooms, from intimate seminar rooms to a large auditorium, were designed to showcase teaching and learning activities. The open and light filled spaces of the third floor “Collegiate Loft” promote innovation, while the “Academic Sidewalk” is a gently curving promenade, complete with informal seating areas, to promote the sense of neighborhood and community.

As the first LEED Gold Certified building on UT’s campus, the LEED Gold Memorial Field House has been transformed into a healthy and sustainable 21st Century learning environment for a new generation of learners. In 2009 the project received a sustainability design award from the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment.