Laird Norton Naming Opportunities

Laird Norton is a stunning space ready to be filled with big ideas.

View the floor plans for the lower level .

The lower level features:

Fab Lab

  • Share designs and knowledge internationally
  • Community use with membership available
  • Professional prototyping
  • High-precision milling machines, 3D printing, inkjet printing and lasercutting
  • Capabilities for programming and hardware development



  • Comprehensive inventory of power tools
  • Programming emphasizes both safety and innovation
  • Framing, sculpture and furniture design capabilities
  • Community use with membership available


Photography Studio

  • Cutting-edge documentation studio
  • Greenscreening capabilities
  • Access to high-end photography equipment


Business Incubator Space

  • Room for start-up companies to launch businesses
  • Space for meeting with clients
  • Access to Fab lab and Makerspace
  • Promotes innovation and new creative energy
  • Provides a model of professional practices for students


Project Incubator Space

  • Studio for student innovation and advanced projects
  • Collaborative workspace


Collections Storage

  • Climate-controlled space for University art collection
  • Museum-level storage systems
  • Workroom for scholarly research on collection
  • Home to close to 800 objects in the permanent collection


Making Artwork/General Education Classroom

  • Classroom space designed for general education art courses
  • Easily adaptable classroom design for multi-purpose use
  • Capabilities for relief printing, paper making, painting, drawing and collage
  • Available to community for group reservations

View the floor plans for the first level.

The first level features:

Art and Design Gallery

  • Monthly rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists
  • Studio art and Design student exhibitions
  • Annual Faculty exhibition
  • 2000 square feet of exhibition space


New Media Gallery

  • HD projector for electronic and video works of art and design
  • Precision audio system
  • Adaptable space for creating interactive and immersive electronic environments


Lecture Hall

  • 50 person capacity, unlike any other lecture space on campus
  • HD projection system
  • Outstanding acoustics
  • Open for campus-wide use


Reception Hall

  • Historically preserved 1918-era atrium
  • Original fixtures, terrazzo floor and 7-foot marble walls
  • Illuminated by skylight
  • Beautiful event space


University Galleries

  • Exhibits of the university's permanent collection
  • World-class collection of Katsina dolls donated by Don Redlich
  • Grade-A climate-controlled space
  • 1800 square feet of exhibition space
  • Museum-grade curation
  • Free public access
  • Extended evening and weekend hours


Lobby/Back Entrance

  • New all-glass back entrance welcomes students from campus
  • Student lounge and study areas
  • Easy access to galleries and classroom spaces

View the floor plans for the second level .

The second level features:

I-Design Studios

  • House WSU's cutting-edge design program
  • Collaborative classroom designs embody Design Thinking
  • Classrooms accommodate all levels of design program
  • High-tech displays, software and hardware


Computer Lab:

  • 24/7 student access
  • Interactive "Wacom" drawing tablets
  • Adaptable space can become classroom


Critique/Break-out classroom:

  • Pinnable walls to hang proofs and drafts
  • Environment for intensive discussion, criticism and group work
  • Projection and tech capabilities


Seminar Room

  • Historically-preserved room honors 1918-era Laird Norton conference room
  • Ideal learning space for upper-level Art History seminars
  • Open for campus-wide use



(small space between I-Design studios called "Lounge" on plans)

  • Houses Art and Design literature and reference texts
  • Quiet study area



(currently called lounge with coffee area on plans)

  • Full service kitchen
  • Affordable, healthy food options catered to students
  • Comfortable seating areas



(back of building)

  • Student meeting space for group work
  • All-glass wall allows views of Winona and the bluffs
  • Combination of contemporary architecture


Open Office

  • Faculty work in an open office environment that encourages collaboration and collegiality
  • Full-time and part-time faculty can work side-by-side
  • Open office promotes pooling of faculty resources
  • Small meeting rooms provide private spaces faculty to advise students