Furniture, Lighting, Materials, and Ergonomics Positively Affected Health and Comfort



Kresge Centennial Hall, built in 1955, houses a significant portion of Northwestern University’s Arts and Humanities courses, programs and departments within the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. Almost every undergraduate student at the University will enroll in at least one class in this building throughout their academic career. In 2017, the Kresge building underwent a major renovation to address expanding programmatic needs, modernize technology, and replace aging building systems. An addition was also completed to connect Kresge to adjacent Crowe Hall. The successful project transformed the building for the 21st century learner, while attaining LEED Platinum certification and incorporating many WELL Building standards.


Buildings, and the furniture and finishes in them, can have a profound effect on the health and well-being of the building occupants. Interior Designers at FGM worked with Kayhan and Haworth (furniture dealer and manufacturer, respectively) to select furniture and finishes that would contribute positively to the overall health of the faculty, staff and students that utilize Kresge.

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