SCB has won Santa Clara University’s first ever design competition for the Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law. The new 96,000 SF building will serve 800 students and house the School’s numerous academic law programs, including intellectual property, public interest and social justice, and privacy.
As the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in California, Santa Clara University’s campus identity is drawn from its mission style architecture. SCB’s design offers a contemporary response to the traditional campus core. “The new building meets both our goals of a forward-leaning design and honoring the sense of what makes Santa Clara University so special. The first impression is a distinctly Mission style, while conveying the contemporary context and ambition of the law school,” said Michael Hindery, Santa Clara’s vice president for finance and administration.
The design team worked to develop a building that reflects the Jesuit University’s educational ideals of social justice; whole-person, transformational education; and innovation in the service of humanity. Through a focus on transparency, openness, and access, SCB’s design for Charney Hall fosters an environment of collaboration, discourse, and inclusion. SCB Design Principal Tim Stevens shares, “We have enjoyed working with all the University stakeholders to develop a truly bespoke facility, one that reflects the University’s mission and place, now and for the future.”