College of Business | University of South Florida | St. Petersburg, Florida

68,000 SF | business commons | scholar’s garden | group study rooms | tiered classrooms | trading room | community room | 220 seat auditorium | behavioral lab | café | offices
Conceived as an ‘athenaeum for business scholars’, the three story, 68,000 square foot structure takes inspiration from its Tampa Bay setting and the indigenous coral stone. Like the stone, the building is a porous container with openings carved out of its volume that house various program elements and allow sunlight and landscaping to penetrate deep within the structure’s core. One of these openings is a Palm-lined courtyard with seating that supports learning at the building’s entrance. Other openings house a light-filled central commons and an adjacent scholar’s garden that support casual learning and encourage productive collisions to occur between students and faculty as they move through the building. The multi-story commons and scholar garden are spatially intermeshed and ringed with active programs spaces including a trading room, community room, break rooms and classrooms that connect the learner to his or her environment. The most unique feature of the building is its glass façade that metaphorically recalls the openings in regional organic coquina or coral stone. This project was a joint venture with Harvard Jolly Architects.