Constructed in 1893, Swallow Hall was failing to meet modern functional needs and expectations. Housing the Departments of Anthropology and Art History, more flexible and varied work spaces were important in order to accommodate research, study and group think activities. For this, the University commissioned IAA to design the renovation and reconstruction of this storied academic hall.
To begin, IAA performed a thorough condition assessment on the 100+ year old building. Our team then worked closely with University staff to design new programming to accommodate both academic departments. The entire interior is being renovated, and will be made up of a variety of spaces including intimate seminar spaces and classrooms, lecture halls, research and resource areas, wet labs, offices and lounges. The primary focus for the interior was to design flexible spaces able to adapt with ever-evolving pedagogy trends.
Outside, the exterior envelope will be upgraded, and all masonry reinforced and fully grout-injected. Walls will have a continuous layer of polyurethane insulation applied between the interior plaster and six-inch structural studs supporting the masonry. Existing architectural elements are being removed during construction and reapplied. Any new materials incorporated are being evaluated and specified to to meet specific recycled content, regional priority, and low-emitting goals. The detail-intensive steps taken by our entire team will result in a long, purposeful life for one of MU’s most cherished buildings.