Tidwell Bible Building

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Location: Waco, TX Client: Baylor University Category: Educational Scope: New Construction Services: Renovation / Addition

Originally built in 1956 as the home of the Religion and History departments, this complete renovation project encompassed the entire building, improved infrastructure, space planning, d├ęcor, furniture, technology, and accessibility. A large new elevator located in the main lobby now connects all 7 levels. The previously under-utilized Miller Chapel, now infilled with 2 levels in such a way as to preserve the existing stained-glass windows, provides approximately 3,200 SF of additional office space to enlarge the Religion and History departments and includes a new home for Sociology. State-of-the-art technology was incorporated into the classroom/seminar rooms. The upper two levels have amazing views and provide graduate space for the departments. Study spaces and seating areas are scattered throughout to encourage collaboration.

The design retains as much of the existing character of the facility as possible and reuses details where it made sense. For instance, plaster quatrefoils salvaged from the demolished chapel walls were reused in the lobbies as a focal piece. The exterior was also given a fresh look with cleaning of the masonry, paint, new light fixtures, new windows and two new accessible entrances. Tidwell Bible Building is now prepared to support the education of future generations.