Onondaga Community College – Whitney Commons
Built in the late 1990’s, the Whitney Applied Technology Building is home to various academic departments and offices including the campus bookstore, Office of the President, and the Whitney Atrium. To aid in the development of students, the College engaged our team to create a state-of-the-art hub that allows the faculty and business community to engage with students and promote collaboration.
Whitney Commons is a multi-use collaboration area that utilizes technology and flexibility to promote 21st century learning, all while acting as a “welcome center” for the campus. The space facilitates teaching, technology, and teamwork. Faculty engages with students in a unique learning environment that is not available anywhere else on campus. Originally a singled large assembly “lecture” style classroom, Whitney Commons encompasses this area, as well as the corridor and offices that are adjacent to the atrium. This allowed the Design Team to open up the shared wall and showcase this classroom with a large projected window to the students passing by in the atrium below. A vertical electronic ticker display captures the eye of the students as they enter the buildings main area and draws their attention upwards toward Whitney Commons.