Huntsman Hall reinforces the School’s team-based pedagogy and creates an environment that supports the wide range of interactions – student/student, student/instructor, and student/professional – that are at the heart of modern business practice and business education.
The project more than doubles the size of the existing George S. Eccles Building (constructed in 1970). In support of the School’s community-oriented culture, the design interlaces break-out rooms and diverse interaction spaces with both tiered and flat-floor classrooms to cultivate face-to-face, small group activity. Huntsman Hall's distinctive curved geometry creates an interconnected community courtyard at the center of the School, dramatically staging the facility as a hub of business and academic relationships.
The upper floor houses research, student services and professional outreach with a flexible open plan office design, including a series of ‘Centers’ that expand the School's networking reach. A signature meeting room with a banquet capacity of 200 enables the School to host conferences and major indoor events. Openness of the interior plan and extensive use of glass in the building enclosure capitalize on the breathtaking views of Utah’s Cache Valley and surrounding mountains.