Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Sykes Learning Center

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Institution Name: Queens University of Charlotte
Original/Historic Place Name: Sykes Learning Center
Location on Campus: Building 31
Date(s) of Construction:
2000original construction Jenkins Peer Architects
Designer: Jenkins Peer Architects
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Postmodern, Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: brick, limestone, fiber reinforced polymers
Roof: concrete tile mansard, welded rubber membrane
ca. 2000faculty offices (also seminar classrooms)
ca. 2000classrooms (annex to 1960s contemporary Dana Building)
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms (and offices for the McColl Graduate School of Business)

This new 29,000 sq. foot facility is an annex to the Dana Building and fills a prominent corner on the main academic quadrangle. The building recalls the Georgian style of C. C. Hook and blends well with the two contemporary buildings on each side. Sykes is attached to the Dana Building on four floors, allowing students to enter on any level from either building. The Walker Science building to the left is separated from Sykes by a small alley, which is hidden from view as you approach Sykes and gives the illusion that the entire complex is interconnected. The entry from the academic quadrangle is an oval, two-story rotunda that provides space for receptions.

Sykes includes eight state-of-the-art classrooms, computer rooms, a student lounge, eight faculty offices, the 214 seat Accenture Auditorium, and administrative and admission offices for the McColl Graduate School of Business. Classrooms vary in shape and size and feature individual room layouts intended to facilitate an interactive teaching process. All classrooms are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and digital teaching technology. Many feature an amphitheatre-style desk arrangement with power and data ports at each seat. The Dana Building was built in 1961, and Walker Science Building was completed in 1966.


Jenkins Peer, Architects. Sykes Learning Center. Project Descriptions for Queens University of Charlotte. [Charlotte, NC: Jenkins Peer, Architects, n.d.], 3.


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