The program included three new science laboratories and prep rooms, a seminar room capable of seating 114, the Center for Learning resource center, the language laboratory, eight new classrooms, faculty offices, and administrative offices. To reflect the Schools new academic model of horizontal integration, departmental classrooms and programs were located in close proximity to their companion classrooms and programs. Faculty offices and meeting rooms were merged to encourage closer collaboration and cross-disciplinary teaching. Departments that worked closely together, such as math and science, were located next to one another, sharing classrooms, workspaces, faculty offices and conference areas. To reflect the Schools commitment to the academic model of vertical integration, a dramatic, central atrium space, Tower Hall, was designed in the center of the combined academic building complex. This space visually and physically connects all the academic and administrative spaces to each other vertically, and provides stunning views of the campus and academic quadrangle for everyone passing through the building.
The exterior of the building was designed with strong references to the great academic and mill buildings of northern New England. It is built of rugged, ageless materials: brick, granite, white oak, and glass, so it will be an inspiration for generations of Tilton students to come. The new building is connected to the current administrative and academic building, Plimpton Hall, at the northeast corner. The two buildings create a unified academic/administrative complex and a clear definition for the new Academic Quadrangle.
2008 Gold Citation, American School & University Educational Interiors Awards Program