Indiana State University - Stalker Hall Renovation
Terre Haute, IN
S & R Masonry Construction
Architect: MMS-A/E Inc.
Stalker Hall was originally constructed in 1953. When the ADA law was signed in 1990, it left Stalker Hall non-compliant. The building lacked access for handicapped students and faculty. Universal design and a desperate need for an HVAC upgrade was the primary goal for the Client. In addition to the need of a barrier-free facility, the Client wished to provide a space that would enhance the learning environment for students.
Before the completion of Stalker Hall in 1953, a building stood directly behind it to the south, facing the University's historic quadrangle. Eventually, the structure behind it was demolished, leaving Stalker Hall with it's "back" to the quadrangle. The new design would allow Stalker Hall to be "turned around" facing the quadrangle. This gave Stalker Hall a sense of presence on the ISU campus. To tie the building in with the rest of the campus, new limestone and brick were added to the four corners of Stalker Hall.
Along with the changes needed came an opportunity to enhance the structure's interior and exterior, making it more aesthetically pleasing. The original design had two separate entrances to the east and west of the building located on the north side. The new design added presence by centralizing the entry to one location. Located on the south side of Stalker Hall were two separate entrances that were very difficult to locate and very rarely used. With the use of new limestone and brick, the new entry can be located much easier. Students now use Stalker Hall as a pass through to get to the next class. With this anticipated, a student commons and coffee bar were added between the two unified entrances.
Capturing the college gothic that is present on Indiana State University's Campus and reinforcing Stalker Hall's key location inspired the overall design. Matching this existing brick and limestone was a daunting task achieved through a thoughtful blend of texture and color. The fabric of the campus is reflected now throughout the design.