Founders Hall School of Business Building, LaSalle University,
Philadelphia, PA

It's all business

Located in the heart of the La Salle University campus at the intersection of Wister and Chew Avenues, this 87,000 square foot, multi-tiered School of Business building expands the University’s West Campus. To accommodate different uses, the program demanded three separate buildings tied together with a grand glass-clad atrium.  Pedestrian access between the buildings utilized long span bridges overlooking the atrium.

The program features classrooms, flexible collaborative learning rooms, computer classrooms and simulation facilities; a sales training laboratory and a corporate style boardroom; a 300-seat auditorium; gathering areas and faculty offices; and a large atrium space.

A structural steel frame with concrete slab on metal deck allowed for ultimate flexibility in design.  This structural system permitted the structure to blend seamlessly with the architecture in the unique mix of square, triangular, and circular segments of the building.  A lateral system of moment frames parallel to the long direction of each rectangular wing permits floor-to-floor glass at locations on the exterior façade, and allows for interior classrooms to have an unobstructed full-height view of the open, light atrium space.  The circular lecture hall features curved hollow structural section members at the perimeter and a cantilevered balcony with stadium seating.  An intricate structural steel pipe frame with sloping, architecturally exposed members and connections allows the 55-foot-tall, glass-clad atrium space to be clear of interior obstructions.

The new building gives students innovative and experiential learning solutions. Its large glass windows, expansive atrium and welcoming atmosphere are inviting to community members and the La Salle academic body alike. La Salle’s business school provides a unique and modern environment for 21st century education.

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Structural Systems Used

Steel Frame