Beautifully constructed of granite, steel and glass, the new Turner Lynch Campus Center at Ogle-thorpe University complements the historic section of a college listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Not visible from Peachtree but rather facing Woodrow Way, the Turner Lynch, designed by the Atlanta firm of Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and built by Juneau Construction, imparts energy to the stately Oglethorpe campus.
Named after lead donor Belle Turner Lynch, Oglethorpe alumna and former trustee, the building completed in 2013 defines a distinct part of the campus with characteristic Brookhaven topography. Landscape architects HGOR took care to bridge and restore a nearby creek a safe distance from the structure. One façade, seen above, has a playful chimney that rises above a bold roof line.
Inside the building is a cozy and warm contemporary-style working fireplace, which makes the lower level a kind of living room. There are also conference rooms, offices, dining hall and a Starbuck’s. Turner Lynch Campus Center has won the 2014 International Interior Design Association Georgia Chapter “Best of the Best” Award. Hometown News congratulates Oglethorpe for its fine new building.
– Dr. Paul Hudson