This building consolidates staff-student functions in the center of the academic campus. It is organized to make the admission, registration, financial aid, continuing education and payment processes as efficient and pleasant as possible.
Each department provides adjacent open service counters so students can register for classes, pay bills and have transcripts processed in one location. This facility provides an exceptionally comfortable and efficient workplace and has allowed staff to develop integrated and flexible methods for service delivery. The College President and senior staff offices are also located in the building.
The existing masonry pavilion was renovated to house the student services and administrative offices. All of the functions within the pavilion are accessed by a sweeping glass atrium housing the student services lobby. This atrium space reaches over the pavilion and is anchored by the brick elevator and concrete entrance towers.
The glass atrium lobby is created using clustered steel columns to support a serpentine metal roofscape. The four elements are combined to create a compelling composition of material and form and serve as an inviting centerpiece for new and prospective students.
Exposed structural steel and cast-in-place concrete are paired with slate and linoleum floors to create a simple and open feel. architecture+ selected all of the clean and simple office furniture and designed the vast amount of custom casework continue this effect. Furnishings include stainless steel tables and understated lobby seating. The executive offices marry tradition with the overall contemporary style of the building with natural fiber wall coverings, leather seating, and cherry casegoods.
Honor Award, AIA, Eastern New York Chapter, 2002
Community Beautification Award, Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, 2001
"The renovation of Guenther Hall allowed us to pull together all student service offices in one centralized location. The new Guenther Enrollment Services Center streamlined the admission and registration process for students and made it easier for our staff to work together as a team."
John Buono, Former President, Hudson Valley Community College