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The Walter E. Massey Leadership Center is a state-of-the-art facility costing approximately $13 million. The 73,000-square-foot Center opened in 2005.

The objective of the building’s architectural design is to maintain the traditional character of Morehouse College while projecting the image of 21st century leadership.

The exterior of the building captures the beauty of the main campus with its traditional red brick accented with white stone bands. Bay windows encased in white stone adorn the east and west ends of the building. All windows are trimmed in the lighter stone, including a series of vertically spanned windows in the midsection. Adding to the appeal of the building is the gabled and pitched roof, which creates intriguing rooflines.

In addition, there are two exterior plazas. The primary plaza, located on Westview, is a pedestrian plaza with decorated stone inlays and landscaped foliage. The secondary plaza, located on Wellborn, is marked by a curved driveway where drivers can unload passengers under an arched, covered walkway.

The interior of the building is designed to accommodate the vast array of educational, administrative and conference needs of the programs housed in the facility and the campus overall. The building contains five distinct areas: the conference center and auditorium; the academic areas; administrative spaces; and an Internet Lab. These areas are described as follows:

Shirley A. Massey Conference Center & Bank of America Auditorium
The Conference Center, which includes a pre-function area and lobby, can accommodate 300 to 500 guests. The space also can be used for formal banquets.

The Bank of America Auditorium will seat 300 and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment including a ceiling-mounted projector and a smart podium. Meeting room area can be partitioned for any combination up to six breakout rooms, each accommodating up to 50 people.

Both of these areas are fully equipped for professional presentations, exhibits or seminars.

Academic Areas
There are two large classrooms designed to accommodate 50 students each. The partition dividing the classrooms can be removed to create one large classroom that will seat 100 students.

The Walter E. Massey Leadership Center contains 11 tiered lecture rooms. Each of these lecture rooms will accommodate 35 students, and all lecture areas are fully equipped with data and power outlets in the floors and walls.

There are eight seminar rooms, each accommodating 16 to 20 students each. These rooms are furnished with projection screens and smart boards, as well as U-shaped tables that provide a more intimate interaction between students and instructors.

Administrative Spaces
There are administrative spaces on each floor that include reception and lobby areas, administrative support offices, copy centers, staff break rooms and faculty and departmental chair offices. In addition, there are departmental conference rooms on each floor furnished with data and power outlets, a portable projector and retractable screens.

Internet Lab
The Internet Lab has 45 computer workstations, including two that are specially equipped for wheelchair-bound students. In addition, there is a faculty workstation and a printer station.

Throughout its various areas, the Walter E. Massey Leadership Center features state-of-the art computer and information technology that promotes collaboration and interaction among students, faculty, administration and staff. Users can also access information in a wireless Internet lab, then manipulate it from a networked computer workstation. Instructors can use multimedia boards—also called smart boards—in their lecture rooms to digitally capture, recall, and project their written notes. The goal is to expand the educational experience exponentially through technological innovation and a commitment to excellence.

The Architect
RL Brown & Associates, Inc.

R L Brown & Associates Inc. provides comprehensive professional services to meet its clients diverse design and construction program needs.

Founded in 1984 by Robert L. Brown Jr. as a business-oriented architectural and construction management firm, R L Brown focuses on making each project a reality through providing professional services in all phases of planning, design and construction management.

R L Brown combines strong business skills, a collaborative team approach, flexibility in project delivery methods and comprehensive professional services to provide better service delivery for each project.

R L Brown also addresses its clients’ long-term needs through on-going program involvement, value-added solutions and long-term relationships.The firm’s diverse project experience balances work for public and private clients and includes educational facilities of all kinds, as well as commercial office, aviation and health care facilities, cultural centers, public libraries, infrastructure improvements, parks and recreational facilities.

R L Brown’s staff of architects, planners, interior designers, project managers, construction administrators and support professionals come from diverse professional and educational backgrounds. The firm’s management seeks diversity in education and training, which enhances the firm’s strength in developing appropriate, one-of-a-kind solutions for its clients’ needs.

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