Oxford College of Emory University
Language Hall is a small but significant historic building on the Emory University Oxford campus. The building is amongst a group of late 1800s buildings that signify the origins and define the character of Emory Oxford’s historic quad.
The project required a reconfiguration of the interior and an addition for more space. The new plans fit the new program, and this layout also recalls the essence of the original 4-classroom plan, which had been lost with past renovations. The massing and overall geometry of the addition was designed to blend with the original structure, while the detailing was simplified to distinguish this from the original building.
Original heart pine floors and window trim were restored, while state-of-the-art teaching technology was installed in the four classrooms. Original features of the building like plaster blackboards and an internalized terra cotta window hood were left in place as a reminder of the past, although all of the features of a modern and updated facility are now in place including ADA and code compliance, wireless data coverage, and updated HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems. The project is LEED Silver certified. The project was completed within budget and within an aggressive 12-month design and construction schedule.