Lynn Pippenger Hall

St. Petersburg
West facade along 4th Street South / City Entry
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
South facade along 8th Avenue South
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East view looking toward Palm Court
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Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Cantilevered computer lab with Scholars' Garden beyond
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Exterior glass detail
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Scholars' Garden
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Business commons looking to Scholars' Garden
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Looking across business commons toward Scholars' Garden
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Casual study around business commons
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Trading room cantilevered into business commons
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Typical seminar room
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Interior glass detail
Photo © Brad Feinknopf
Concept diagram
Drawing © ikon.5
Architects
ikon.5 architects
Location
St. Petersburg
Year
2017
Client
University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
Architect
Joint Venture: ikon.5 architects/Harvard Jolly Architects
Structural Engineer
Weber and Tinnen, PA
MEP/FP Engineer
VoltAir Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect
Phil Graham Landscape Architecture
Contractor
Creative Contractors, Inc.

The innovative façade of Lynn Pippenger Hall, home to the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business, recalls native coral in an award-winning and ecofriendly building envelope. Pippenger Hall, certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, received accolades for its ceramic fritted façade from the A|N 2017 Best of Design Awards and has been honored by the American Institute of Architects’ Tampa Bay Chapter.

Conceived as an athenaeum for business scholars, the three-story, 68,000-square-foot building draws inspiration from its Tampa Bay setting and indigenous coral stone that lines its shores. Pippenger Hall’s formal structure and glass façade metaphorically recalls the openings in coral stone, creating a porous vessel that allows sunlight and landscaping to penetrate deep within the structure’s core. Additionally, the pocked surface of these ancient stones inspired a rich spatial interrelationship of rooms that promote collaborative learning and serendipity. Like coral stone, portions of the building are removed to reveal voids filled with light and life. The building’s surface, like that of the stone is made up of circular openings. The glass façade is composed of a ceramic fritted first pane that is double run with dual-toned circular patterning and a second pane that is reflective one-way mirror glass that allows views out while reflecting the patterned ceramic coating of the first pane outward. The result is a glass surface that presents a three-dimensional quality or a shadowed depth that belies its constructive flatness.

The three-story, 68,000-square-foot home for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business is designed to meet the needs of today’s business school students. A light-filled central commons and an adjacent Scholars' Garden both support casual learning and encourage productive collisions between students and faculty as they move through the building. The multistory commons and scholar garden are spatially intermeshed and ringed with active learning spaces including a trading room, community room, break rooms, and classrooms.

The building applies both common sense and technical approaches to sustainable design including the fabrication of furniture from live oak trees found on the site and the use of Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. A building management system monitors energy consumption, and mechanical systems are designed to minimize energy use while providing optimal comfort control and air quality and water efficiency. An enclosed sun-lit Scholars’ Garden brings natural daylight into the center of the building. An overhead roof shades the garden and is pulled away from the exterior wall to allow a naturally-ventilating outdoor space, thus keeping the Scholar’s Garden cool. This shaded cool micro-climate courtyard affects the general enclosure of the building and reduces the cooling loads on the facility.

The challenge of creating a full glass building in a sub-tropical environment is to reduce enough solar gain to minimize the cooling load, thereby reducing energy consumption and carbon by-products. ikon.5 architects achieved that reduction significantly through modern glass technology, and invented a glazing unit that supported the design intent and performed significantly better than standard glazing units. The firm created an insulating unit that reflected 74% of solar gain and provided 26% transparency by applying a ceramic coating on the second surface of the first side and a reflective one-way mirror surface on the third surface of the second side.

The American Institute of Architects’ Tampa Bay Chapter named Pippenger Hall a 2017 Honor Award winner. Through their awards program, AIA Tampa Bay honors architects that are committed to improving communities through design excellence, and buildings that demonstrate the highest standards of design and innovation and a commitment to excellence in architectural design. The Architect’s Newspaper’s A|N 2017 Best of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program that showcases building elements and judges projects on innovation, creative use of new technology, and sustainability and cited Pippenger Hall for honorable mention in its Facades Category.

Pippenger Hall was designed by ikon.5 architects / Harvard Jolly Architecture, a joint venture between Harvard Jolly Architecture of St. Petersburg and ikon.5 architects of Princeton, New Jersey.

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