SMU — Cox School of Business

University Park, Texas

Southern Methodist University

In partnership with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, our team was selected to study the feasibility of upgrading the SMU’s Cox School of Business, balancing cost and capability, while right-sizing space distribution based on current and projected demographics. As a result of a detailed benchmarking and programming process, the recommendation was to fully reconfigure the existing three buildings’ 165,000 GSF and provide an additional 65,000 GSF, while increasing the buildings’ efficiency. Proposed additions integrate seamlessly with the fabric of the Georgian SMU campus, stitched together to provide a unified facade where old meeting new will be indiscernible. A new multi-story commons will be the heart of the school, where students, faculty, and visitors can connect with each other. Student spaces will be concentrated on the lower level and entry floors, while the faculty spaces will be consolidated on the second floor. All primary hallways will have views to the courtyard, providing natural light and orientation. The enhanced Cox School of Business will exceed its peers with forward-thinking classroom design and an industry-leading amount of collaboration space, positioning the School of Business for its next 100 years.

Construction scheduled to be completed Summer of 2024

Photorealistic rendering of the new SMU Cox School of Business situated within the SMU campus. Two new wings attach to the original structure, forming a courtyard. The architecture features red brick, Georgian style, matching the campus buildings. In the distance, high-rise towers and Dallas neighborhoods are visible.
Aerial View

“The selection of our partners is a critical decision in every level and aspect of our operation and GFF has fit into our operational mindset resoundingly well! From master plan advising to project specific needs ranging from land development, programming, design and construction administration services the GFF organization has delivered three tenets of our mission statement exceedingly well.”

Michael Molina, AIA, NCARB — SMU Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning and Management / University Architect

Project Data

ClientSouthern Methodist University
Project WebsiteCox School of Business
Square Feet235,000 SF
Project Budget$140 Million
Project ManagerSMU Office of Facilities Planning and Management
Civil / StructuralRLG Consulting Engineers
Landscape ArchitectureThe Office of Christopher Miller
Executive ArchitectGFF
Design ArchitectRobert A.M. Stern Architects
MEP EngineerPurdy-Mcguire MEP Engineers
Lighting DesignerEssential Light Design Studio
Envelope ConsultantThe Conley Group
LEED ConsultantThe Beck Group
Enhanced Commissioning AgentWSP
AVS ConsultantDataCom Design Group
Environmental GraphicsMiller Zell
Life Safety / Fire Protection ConsultantJenson Hughes
Cost ConsultantCCS

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    Construction at SMU’s Cox School of Business is Underway

    The project will fully reconfigure and renovate the existing three buildings, constructing an additional 65,000 SF while increasing the buildings’ overall efficiency.

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