With the start of the 2009 academic year, the Mason School of Business defined its position within the College of William & Mary campus with the completion of Miller Hall, a 3-story academic building that houses the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs under one roof—a first in the School’s extensive history. This 166,000-square-foot addition, named for William and Mary alumnus Alan B. Miller, stands as the western gateway to the campus opposite the Christopher Wren Building, the oldest academic building in the country.
Miller Hall includes classrooms, electronic trading rooms for financial markets courses, study rooms, common areas, an enhanced business library and communications laboratory, faculty and program support offices, meeting rooms, seminar rooms, multi-purpose rooms, and research centers. The designers were responsible for the development of a comprehensive environmental graphics and wayfinding sign program for the new building. The architectural character of the building, as well as its state-of-the-art interiors, inspired the merging of the traditional with the contemporary. This is evident with the integration of the classroom identification sign panels with digital data displays.
The designers also realized an extensive donor recognition program for the School comprised of distinctive, etched glass panels located above room identification sign panels that display individual donor names. The central component of this program, located in the building’s main entrance corridor, is a 40-foot long wall recognizing approximately 300 donors, supporters, and benefactors of the Mason School of Business.