The renovation of Hewitt Hall, led by Cannon Design, will provide 132,285 square feet of innovative teaching spaces, studios, and laboratories for the following programs within SCMA – the School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

Communication Studies

  • Broadcasting and Mass Communication
  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Communication

Art & Design

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interaction Design

Cinema & Screen Studies

Hewitt Hall has been reimagined with the following design goals

  • Be a State of the Art Facility that elevates the Broadcasting and Mass Communication Program to the Top 10 in the Country
  • Provide collaboration and innovation across programs
  • Create an Arts Cluster with Tyler Hall
  • Reinforce and strengthen the connections between faculty and students


  • State of the art teaching studios and laboratories
  • Collaborative Core with center atrium skylights, staircase, and lounge areas for informal interactions
  • Ballroom with redesigned exterior patio and garden courtyard
  • Screening Room for watching film and practicing public speaking
  • Whitebox Gallery for multi-media design display
  • Café with interior and exterior seating


Communication Studies

  • 2 State of the Art Broadcasting Studios and Control Rooms
  • Newsroom
  • Media Production Lab
  • Audio Editing and Audio Foley Suite
  • Video / Audio Editing Lab
  • Audio, ADR, and Voice-over Booths
  • Focus Group and Observation Rooms

Art & Design

  • Whitebox Gallery
  • Foundation Studio
  • Intermediate Studio and Breakout Studio
  • Advanced Studio and
  • Workroom with Spray both and custom work tables
  • Printing and Protyping Room
  • Interactive Studio

Shared Spaces across Programs

  • 4 Virtual Reality Booths and Breakout Studio
  • Screening Room
  • 3 Project Studios
  • 4 Mac and PC Computer Labs    
  • 4 Classrooms
  • Animation Lab
  • Team Work Areas and Meeting Rooms

Sustainable Performance Goals include

  • LEED Silver Certification
  • SUCF Directive 1B-2 Net Zero Carbon New Buildings and Deep Energy Retrofits of Existing Buildings

 LEED Silver Certification is being pursued for the Hewitt Hall renovation.  LEED uses 8 main categories to assess the quality of sustainable performance.  The following are the 8 categories with some of the specific building implementation strategies:

Location and Transportation

  • Sensitive Land Protection - Reuse of existing site  
  • Access to Quality Transit - Public transportation system access on campus

Sustainable Sites

  • Construction Activity Pollution Prevention - Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and temporary erosion control to reduce sediment into nearby waterbodies

Water Efficiency

  • Outdoor Water Use Reduction – Reduction in landscaping watering through the use of native / adaptive plant species, no site irrigation planned
  • Indoor Water Use Reduction – WaterSense Certified / Energy Star products in water fixtures
  • Building Wide Water Metering - Track water usage, so that efficiency can be reviewed and maintained

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Building Wide Energy Metering - Track energy usage, so that efficiency can be reviewed and maintained
  • Optimized energy performance – Geothermal heat pump system with chilled beams significantly reduces energy and carbon consumption

Materials and Resources

  • Storage and Collection of Recyclables - Collection of waste for recycling of building occupants will be in alignment with the Campus’ recycling efforts
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Management – The project will aim to recycle 75% of the construction waste generated

Indoor Enviromental Quality

  • Indoor Air Quality Performance - Meet ASHRAE standard 62.1 for improved indoor air ventilation
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control – No smoking on campus
  • Low Emitting Materials – Interior materials to be chosen that have low / no VOCs 


  • Walkable Project Site
  • Back-Up Power Generation
  • Building as a Teaching Tool – Signage throughout the building will provide educational insight into the energy efficient strategies implemented

Regional Priority

  • Rainwater Management
  • Heat Island Reduction
  • Building Life Cycle Impact Reduction

 The SUCF Directive 1B-2 Net Zero Carbon New Buildings and Deep Energy Retrofits of Existing Buildings seeks specific performance goals to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.   

  • Goal - 50% reduction of site’s annual energy consumption
    • Hewitt Hall Design achieves 67.2% reduction in site’s annual energy consumption (exceeds 50% goal by 17.2%)
  • Goal – 25% reduction in building’s current annual site carbon consumption
    • Hewitt Hall Design achieves 52.6% reduction in carbon emissions (exceeds 25% goal by 27.6%)

 Energy reduction strategies being implemented to exceed these goals include:

  • Water to water geothermal heat pump loop with chilled beams, incorporating 90 Geothermal wells, 499 feet deep
  • Night flush cooling
  • Roof, window, and curtain wall replacement
  • Wall and roof insulation optimization
  • Reduction in thermal bridging and incorporation of air barriers
  • Incorporating South/ west façade glazing shading
  • Skylight solar gain and daylight optimization
  • High efficiency LED lights
  • High efficiency lighting controls, daylighting and occupancy sensors