OPAC Office

This project was a build-out of the 5th floor of Grace Hall at the University of Notre Dame to accommodate the Office of Public Affairs and Communication (OPAC). Grace Hall was originally built in 1969 as an 11-story residential hall, which was later converted to University office space. OPAC, whose mission is dedicated to advancing Notre Dame’s Catholic mission and academic reputation, had been housed in the building since it had been repurposed for office space. The challenge of this project was to find a way to take what was basically a retrofitted dormitory floor with a central elevator, low ceilings, and little daylight and turn it into an open, creative space that is visually appealing and provides efficient, effective office space. The design created a “front door” for the office that opened up the narrow hallway and provided visitors with a sense of arrival. The design incorporated a neutral palette with dynamic color accents thoughtfully placed creating a colorful, modern look, while remaining respectful of Notre Dame’s long history as a Catholic institution of higher learning.

Awards: 2013 Interior Design Excellence Runner Up Award

Notre Dame, Indiana
University of Notre Dame
9,648 SF