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Bryant Arts Center

Bryant Arts Center

Transformed hall finds new life as vibrant arts center.

Bryant Hall, a historic structure nestled on the campus of Denison University in Ohio, holds a significant place in the university’s rich heritage. Originally constructed in 1904 as a men’s gymnasium, the building showcases the timeless beauty of Jefferson Federal Revival architecture, boasting brick and stone craftsmanship. Over the years, Bryant Hall has undergone various transformations, serving many purposes until its current reimagining as the university’s vibrant art center. As the Architect of Record, the PRIME AE team played a pivotal role in breathing new life into this treasured building by providing design development, construction document, and construction administration services through a design-build approach.

Our team crafted a vision to repurpose the hall with facility upgrades and additions to integrate fluidly with the existing building, reflecting a modern interpretation that still resonates clearly with the historic community context. During the development phase, PRIME AE conceived a clever concept to reclaim the paint-splattered gymnasium wood flooring that was originally intended for demolition. As a tribute to the previous generations of art students, sections of the wood were carefully removed and repurposed into a vibrant two-story art piece adorning the new atrium.

The multi-functioning building now provides an array of spaces supporting art education including offices, studios, archives, meeting spaces, and classrooms. The transformation stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of the entire team. The vitalized space serves as a space for artistic exploration, fostering creativity and cultural enrichment for the entire campus community.

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Denison University

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33k square foot building
12k square foot new addition
Skylight topping four-story atrium

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Every project we undertake serves as a wellspring of knowledge and experience, feeding our collective growth and paving the way to optimize outcomes, leverage efficiencies, foster collaboration, and advance innovation. Throughout the journey of this project, these accomplishments have been instrumental in its overall success and have fortified our collective expertise.

  • The historical character of the 100-year-old building was maintained, but a dramatic, contemporary space evolved from within.
  • As construction progressed, demolition of one wing exposed a magnificent, raftered space overhead. The space was originally scheduled for a new, flat acoustical ceiling but PRIME AE pushed for a new mezzanine to utilize the increased program space in the wing.

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