Harned Hall provides a leading-edge learning environment for academic programs at Saint Martin’s University and was the first new facility on the campus in 15 years. The project is located near the center of campus and to the south of a Michael Graves designed library. It is sited at the intersection of two active and symbolic axes on campus leading to Old Main and the Residence Halls.
Harned Hall’s ground floor includes a social/study commons and small café that has become a social crossroads on campus. Numerous bays and alcoves are blended into the project providing informal study areas within an efficient and flexible instructional setting. The architectural character of the building takes it cues from the Academic Buildings on campus, especially the historic Old Main while using contemporary systems and materials. The Old Main arches provide a strong thematic element in the building, reflecting the University’s Benedictine heritage.