The former design & layout of Broun Hall limited the ability/willingness for students to interact with each other by compartmentalizing the circulation zones of the building and limiting their access to daylight. In addition, most of these spaces were articulated with harder, less comfortable interior materials. The exterior of the building is a traditional “brutalist” aesthetic common to the 1970’s and 80’s, heavy, monolithic and lacking an identity to associate it with the rest of campus. Further, it did not openly address the student traffic coming off the adjacent Ginn Concourse or provide exterior spaces for the Engineering students. This renovation opened the basement and first level corridor spaces by providing access to daylight from multiple directions and then transforming those spaces to provide the students a variety of study and interactive opportunities. These new spaces are consistent with the more public and updated spaces on campus. Improvements to these areas have a residual impact on selective adjacent spaces as well, allowing for a more exciting and activated transition from old to new.