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Hoffman Hall, University of
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Hoffman Hall is essentially two buildings in one, separate but integrated by circulation networks and common core facilities. A narrow 8-story tower, facing the street, is an extension of the Graduate School of Business Administration. The back of this tower connects perpendicularly with the side of a larger 8-story undergraduate building. Bridges span the 10-foot open slot between the two at the second and third levels; enclosed and outdoor lobbies connect them on the ground level.

Both buildings were executed in architectural concrete bush-hammered in vertical grooves to expose the concrete’s white limestone aggregate. Long-span precast concrete beams above the window permit column-free interiors for maximum flexibility.

Hoffman Hall received a national Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1967.


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Design Team: I.M. Pei, Design Partner; Pershing Wong, Design Architect
I. M. Pei & Associates