Dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurial growth, The Jim Moran Building is both a downtown extension of Florida State University and an urban hub for connecting students and entrepreneurs with professionals, business mentors, university faculty, and resources. The 20,000 square foot renovation of a 19th century bank building provides a backdrop for the legacy of Jim Moran, a forward-thinking entrepreneur and automotive pioneer, whose story is weaved throughout the facility with one goal in mind: inspiring a future generation of entrepreneurs.
Jim Moran’s business practices, as well as his life, were transparent in so many ways that it became fitting for the facility to reflect that notion of transparency, as well. The front façade and back facades, incorporate glass curtainwall over three stories, allowing views into the building from the downtown streetscapes. Pedestrians are confronted with the multi-tiered activity of business pitches, lectures, collaborative student activities, events, and a gallery of memorabilia and student works. Inside the building, its meeting rooms, classrooms, and offices are design to be open in plan and divided by glass partitions where possible, to allow views and natural light to permeate straight through the building from the West facade to East façade. The transparency adds to the sense of connectedness within the building and with the downtown environment.
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