In September 2009, The College of William & Mary commissioned Mitchell/Matthews Architects and their consultant team to prepare a feasibility study for the renovation of Tyler Hall to serve as the new home for the departments of Economics and Government and the programs in International Relations and Public Policy. Its goals were as follows:
- to identify the future programmatic and space requirements of these departments;
- to determine if these requirements could be met functionally and conveniently within renovated Tyler Hall, and
- to project the probable renovation cost. During the study process, a fifth entity, the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, was deemed vital to the collaborative work of the original four entities, and thus, became a part of the study.
The floor plan ultimately decided upon was deemed by the College to be an optimal arrangement of program, function, efficiency, and convenience. The proposed renovation will require a complete removal and reworking/replacement of virtually all existing, non-load-bearing interior walls, ceilings, finishes, fixtures, equipment, and related building systems – nearly all of which have reached the end of their effective lives. It is anticipated that current building codes will mandate the replacement of the elevator. Wherever possible, retention of all columns, bearing walls, and major structural elements has been a priority.
Proposed alterations to Tyler Hall are limited almost exclusively to the building interior. Currently, we anticipate two primary visible changes to the exterior. The first is a pair of gently curving, sunken bricked walks that define the entry court and provide code-compliant accessibility and egress. The other is a partially visible dormer addition to the rear attic room for access in combination with the construction of required programmed space. This will be an architecturally compatible shed dormer, inserted between existing dormers to provide daylight to future attic level offices. Primary interior structural changes include removal of three functionally obsolete, stepped concrete floor slabs (to be replaced with flat floor slabs for future classrooms and group study spaces); partial removal of the second-floor slab to allow for more appropriate ceiling height at the student commons/entry lounge; multiple slab openings to accommodate a new elevator and future mechanical equipment; and a reframing and reinforcement of the attic floor and roof to allow 20 additional offices and additional meeting space to be created form the vacant attic.
Organization of the overall building plan follows the practical and widely accepted practice of placing office and administrative offices in convenient locations slightly removed from the more public and classroom-focused areas. Generally, the former will be relocated on upper levels and the latter on lower levels. This arrangement typically improves convenience, code compliance, egress, privacy, and sound-transmission requirements by locating the more heavily trafficked areas on the levels in close proximity to the building’s entrances and exists.
Located on the first floor are the commons/student lounge/entry lobby and a variety of classrooms, group-study, and building support spaces (including the main mechanical room). The second floor houses classrooms, meeting rooms, and group-study spaces, with offices placed to the side, within each leg of the H-shaped floor plan. The third floor houses the administrative suite, with congregated offices for department chairs, a faculty lounge, a large centrally located conference room, and faculty offices on each side of the administrative core. The fourth floor is almost exclusively devoted to faculty and staff offices, with related conference, meeting, and work rooms and a smaller mechanical room.
We have an Opportunity Fund to help support innovative new programming and new technology as the department moves to its new home in Tyler Hall. The button below will allow you to contribute directly to the Opportunity Fund (allocation #3680). This account also supports faculty needs directly, and it is equivalent to annual giving.
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