Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Weber Center

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Institution Name: Olivet Nazarene University
Original/Historic Place Name: Weber Center
Location on Campus: Nielson Dr.
Date(s) of Construction:
2001original construction BLDD Architects
Designer: BLDD Architects
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete and steel
Walls: brick, concrete, block, steel, glass
Roof: slate-type shingles
ca. 2001-present (2006)academic department building (social sciences and education)

Built in 2001, the Weber Center, with its peak roof and major glass exterior sections on both east and west entrances, brings a new architectural style to the Olivet campus. The main lobby is an open space highlighted by windows and a grand curved staircase leading to the second floor. The building is named for the Weber family of Michigan, who donated the first funds for its construction.

The first new academic building on the campus since 1982, the Weber Center was designed to relieve the overcrowded conditions affecting several academic departments housed in three other buildings. The faculty and classroom facilities used by these departments had been less than ideal given the contemporary emphasis on technology in the classroom. Accordingly, the Weber Center houses modern classrooms that are connected to the electronic media services network, making it not only the largest academic building on campus but the most functional as well. One large room on the main floor is suitable for large seminars or meetings. All heating and air conditioning equipment is housed on the fourth floor.

The building houses the Departments of Business Administration, Psychology, Family and Consumer Science, History, Sociology, Social Work, Social Justice and Teacher Education, thus bringing all of the social sciences under one roof.


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