|ARCHITECT||Dake | Wells Architecture|
|PHOTOGRAPHY||Beth Bruner, MO State University|
|PANELITE PRODUCT||Bonded Series B-RCYT (Kaos): Random Mix (2 cell diameters) Tubular Clear UV-stabilized polycarbonate cellular honeycomb, Yellow Transparent facings|
|INSTALLATION SYSTEM||ClearConnect BF-ITL3 Interlocking kerf joint detail|
Bonded Series panels bring light transmission, dynamic views, bold color and a sense of openness to the dining center at Pummill Hall. A minimal aesthetic is achieved with the ClearConnect interlocking panel system, which relies on the inherent structural properties of honeycomb to eliminate the need for any visible hardware or structural members.
Even the most precious gems need to be re-polished over time. Originally designed in 1956 by Springfield’s grandfather of modern architecture, Richard P. Stahl, FAIA, Pummill Hall resides at the southwest corner of Missouri State University’s original quadrangle. A distinctly modern, four story structure, the building is clad in stone on the east and west facades with an early aluminum and glass curtain wall system on the north and south facades. One enters the building on an elevated second floor via two sweeping concrete ramps that gives the building a monumental presence. Although architecturally expressive, the building was showing its age and was in desperate need of renovation.
Our design approach is to respect the organizational and compositional rigor of the existing cast in place structure, while freshening the building’s interior and exterior. The design solution attempts to suggest what Richard P. Stahl would do if he were still practicing today. While more energy efficient, the new north facade is highly transparent, allowing passersby to experience the activity within. The south facade incorporates strategically placed ceramic frit to frame views of the horizon while mitigating additional heat gain. The interior is reconfigured to accommodate the new program, placing community spaces such as student collaboration areas and the functioning restaurant at the central protrusion on the north elevation above the building’s entry. This location serves again to connect people to one another. It is about seeing and being seen. The Pummill Hall renovation brings a new life to the old ‘gem’ helping it glimmer for many more years to come.” ( Dake | Wells website)