Magazine article University Business

McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College

Magazine article University Business

McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College

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Old meets new at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, a 40,000-square-foot facility that was formerly known as the 100-year-old Johnson Hall at Occidental College (Oxy) in Los Angeles.

* CHALLENGE: Politics, foreign languages and other global affairs-related majors are some of the Oxy's most popular fields of study, but there hadn't been a centralized location for these students and faculty, says Derek Shearer, director of the McKinnon Center.

Administrators turned to Johnson Hall, an academic building that had the right square footage to meet the center's needs but was dated.

"From the outside, it's one of our most famous and oldest buildings on campus, but inside it was run down and depressing with narrow halls and no particular theme," Shearer says. "We thought it was the perfect opportunity to create an open, fun space dedicated to one of Oxy's greatest strengths, its global studies program."

* SOLUTION: After nearly two years of renovations, Johnson Hall reopened as the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs. Architect Hagy Belzberg widened the hallways to include study spaces. Classrooms were remodeled with transparent walls looking into the building's central atrium, where an LED-lit media wall of sculpted glass and digital signage highlights student and faculty research. …

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