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Grand Opening of Brown Hall

exterior view of Brown Hall Swish

Lake Forest College Announces the Grand Opening of Brown Hall on October 1, 2021.

With cutting-edge classrooms designed to support learning and architectural features that elevate the campus both aesthetically and functionally, Brown Hall represents the College's commitment to providing attention, resources, and guidance to students. Technology and classrooms can be leveraged according to the needs and vision of the instructor to enhance learning. Additionally, Brown Hall houses the Gorter Family Career Advancement Center, cementing the College's commitment students' goals, aspirations, and futures.

Brown Hall At a Glance

Cutting Edge Technology

This building is outfitted with interactive displays in eight classrooms in addition to projectors for an enhanced learning experience. Each room has individual thermostats for precise temperature control, and the lighting is equipped with dimmers and motion sensors to conserve energy in rooms with inactivity. The new technology combined with energy-saving measures ensure that the building uses less energy per square foot.

$20 MILLION
Total Cost
19 NEW
Classrooms
DOUBLE THE
Square Footage
a new classroom in Brown Hall

Modern Classrooms and Office Space

The new building is home to 19 classrooms, comprising over 9,000 square feet. Every classroom has been updated with the latest technology and is outfitted with additional wiring and outlets to allow for any kind of learning experience. Brown Hall also has 55 offices for faculty, staff, and the Career Advancement Center. 

up close shot of bird glass

Environmentally Conscious Inside and Out

Brown Hall is the second green energy-efficient building established by the College in three years. It features efficient LED lights inside and solar-powered lights in the parking area. The gorgeous floor-length windows covering the east side of the building implement bird glass to reduce the chance of collisions, and the swale outside hosts native plants to naturally filter and retain runoff water. 

a group meeting space

Gorter Family Career Advancement Center

The relocated Gorter Family Career Advancement Center brings our nationally recognized career preparation program to the center of campus and student activity. Learn more about our career preparation program.

Brown Hall, formerly Young Hall and originally College Hall, is the structure that greets all those who enter campus from Sheridan Road.

The new addition to Brown Hall represents our ties to history and tradition while supporting our future-forward trajectory.

Students will find ample space to focus, collaborate, and study in Brown Hall.

Brown Hall features high-efficiency heating and cooling to maximize energy conservation.

Brown Hall utilizes bird glass and native plants to further minimize its ecological footprint.

With four areas for group studying and lounging in addition to six private meeting rooms available for reservation, Brown Hall is positioned to become a collaborative hub. 

A peek inside--Brown Hall houses 19 classrooms, most of which seat at least 24 students, totaling over 9,000 square feet of dedicated learning space.

Lake Forest College thanks and recognizes these dedicated friends whose generous support made Brown Hall possible.

Founders

The Brown Family
The Gorter Family
Jean McBride Greene and John Kaul Greene
The Negaunee Foundation
Louise A. Tarble Foundation
Winnie and Bob Crawford

Benefactors

Paula and John Lillard
Anonymous, Class of 1981
The Trkla Family
Betty McNabb Rich '49
Shelley Yip Buchen '73
Lisa and Christofer Smith
Noelle Brock '66 and David Brock '66
Charles J. B. Mitchell Jr. '64
Charles M. and Mary Ely Brennan
The Scully Family
The Donnelley Foundation
Geoffrey ’97 and Emily Curtis
Peter S. Reed '77
Michael M. Kash '77

Contributors

Capt. Henry S. ’53 and Marion B. Reinke
Sean W. Thomas '81
Czarnowski and Associates
Edward W. Sleeman '83
Marilyn Smale Metcalf '57 and Frederic Metcalf '57

Friends

Robert S. ’58 and Dorothy B. Hernquist
Lauren Strelsin M'17 and Steve Strelsin
Lawrence Corry '67
Prudence and Francis Beidler
The Levinson Family
The Bogley Family
The Cornog Family
The Tom Bryan Family
Cindy Brennan Annibali '91 and Whit Annibali
Mary Smith Hamman '89
Stephen ’75 and Faith Osborn
Kathryn Bonnie Mohr '68 and Joseph Mohr '68
The Mala Family from the Republic of Kosovo
Gene Harmon '71
David Campbell and Amanda Mertens Campbell '99
Jennifer L. Dlugosz '03 and Blake Nagel
Leo J. Ladurini Jr. '68
Paul Cheng '58