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The Details
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Size: 154,000 square feet
Value: $41,000,000
Completion Date: August, 2017
Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk
Owner: Norfolk State University
Architects: Work Program Architects

The New G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall is a three-story, 154,000 square foot classroom, performing arts, and office building. It is the new home for the College of Liberal Arts (Math, Mass Communications and Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, History and Interdisciplinary Studies), The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, the School of Business, and Title III.

The building houses office suites for the afore-mentioned schools as well as a variety of flexible classrooms, distance learning classrooms, computer labs, observation classrooms, meeting rooms, study areas, student lounges, audio and video editing suites, TV studio, a studio theater, and proscenium theater that seats 368.

The New Brown hall sits south of the existing G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall, completing the Main Quad that is ringed by the New Lyman Beecher-Brooks Library, the Student Center, the Student Services Building, and the Classroom Nursing Building. 

By recreating the original clock tower entry, the New Brown Hall pays homage to Norfolk State’s first true university building that housed classrooms, library, cafeteria, and administration offices all under one roof. The Corprew Avenue entrance is directly in-line with the original entrance making a connection from Corprew Avenue to the Main Quad. 

A wide variety of classroom sizes and types are available, with the most flexible rooms able to reconfigure into several different types of learning environments in minutes. The building’s signature piece is the “Classroom of the Future,” a cantilevered classroom that extends out into the Main Quad, creating a covered entry to the building. Brightly glowing at night, this classroom is the model of ultimate flexibility, complete with state-of-the art technology and modular, collaborative furniture.