Molloy College - Campus Center
BRB Architects has completed the 57,000 sf campus center and associated main quadrangle at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. Intended to be the centerpiece of the College’s transformation from a commuter college to a 24 hour learning community, the “Public Square” will support student life with spaces such as a café, lounges, study rooms, student club space, a data center, a bookstore and an art gallery. In addition, the center houses a 575 seat theater, as well as rehearsal and office spaces for the music department.
The 57,000 “Public Square” creates and frames a central campus quadrangle. A café, lounge, and study space are located on the east side of the building, overlooking the quadrangle through the largely-glazed east face of the building. The indoor spaces are an extension of the quadrangle, together creating a vibrant center for student life at Molloy.
The building is organized as a series of three layers separated by open-ended circulation spines which allow visual connection to the Molloy Campus. The masonry-clad westernmost layer houses support spaces and enclosed offices. The loft-like central layer of the building with its exposed steel structure is designed for maximum flexibility. This zone contains larger spaces such as the multi-purpose space, the art gallery, student club workrooms, and the information commons, a technologically-enabled space. This open zone is punctuated by a large sky lit atrium, connecting spaces vertically and creating a vibrant bustle throughout the building. The glass and zinc clad easternmost layer of the building acts as a veranda, visually connecting lounge and study spaces to the outdoor quadrangle. Through the use of sand cast red brick, oak doors, and a warm natural color palette, the building maintains a strong connection to the existing campus fabric.
LEED certification for the project is pending.