Overlooking the Salk Institute and Pacific Ocean to the west, the new Graduate Management School will be the University’s first North Campus academic building, sited just north of the new Eleanor Roosevelt College (nearing construction completion), a part of the campus presently devoted to surface parking. The 135,000 gsf, four-story facility will house an entirely new program offering an education in management skills for a region regarded as an incubator for entrepreneurial high-tech and bio-tech companies.
Traversing a thirty-foot slope, the building’s triangular plan defines the campus Landscape Master Plan’s green “Wedge” north of the new undergraduate college. The Management School’s entry porch engages the high point of the campus’ historic Ridge Walk, where the University’s founder would recruit potential faculty members with enticing ocean views. The “Wedge” walkway, per the Master Plan, is aligned with the summer solstice. Astride this defining edge, the building’s main stairway affords dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.
The public functions of the building - classrooms, library, computer laboratory, cafeteria, commons, and 300-seat auditorium - are organized on the first two levels, both entered from grade: Level 1 accessed from the new courtyard, and Level 2 from the entry porch at Ridge Walk. Levels 3 and 4 provide academic and administrative offices, including the Dean’s administrative suite and an adjacent Multi-purpose Room. Included in the public functions are nine tiered case-study classrooms, each accommodating 60 seats, three flat-floor classrooms for 30 students each, 3 seminar rooms and 20 group study rooms. Nearly one-hundred faculty offices are provided, supported by spaces for ten assistants and fifty Ph.D. stations. A variety of conference rooms and lounges on each of the office floors provide facilities for formal and informal meetings. Classrooms and offices are linked to the most advanced digital and audio-visual technologies.
The building exterior features an advanced rain-screen terra cotta cladding system. A large portal on the north elevation provides access to the courtyard for students and visitors, as well as emergency vehicles. This entry anchors the Master Plan’s north-south pedestrian pathway, intended to link future North Campus buildings. The courtyard provides both landscaped and paved areas, accommodating informal gatherings, study groups, cafe seating, and graduation ceremonies.