Higher Education


Over the last thirty years, MCF has concentrated on the area of academic architecture.  During that time, we have worked with nearly fifty institutions in fifteen states.  We believe that our work has helped to provide transformational opportunities for "learners" across the country.

University Commons

Carlow University

The University Commons at Carlow was programmed and designed to transform the social and learning environment of the entire campus by providing accommodations for student life, dining, active learning and community engagement. The Commons building embodies the new vision of the University integrating an array of facilities to support student and faculty learning and collaboration. The University Commons is a beacon and home for the state-of-the-art Digital Learning and Innovation Center, art gallery and flexible conference space.

TYPE  Renovation


SIZE  82,500 sqft.



LEED Silver Certified
Center for Digital Learning and Innovation
Multipurpose Assembly Space
McGinley Center for Student Success
Active Learning Classrooms 
New Campus Heart and Beacon

Sis & Herman Dupré Science Pavilion

Saint Vincent College

The Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion at Saint Vincent College is a combination of a new central building and the renovation of three 1960's science facilities. The project was completed in four phases over five years. The new facility was designed using concepts recommended by Project Kaleidoscope which encourages interdisciplinary learning. 

TYPE  Addition / Renovation


SIZE  107,000 sqft.



LEED Gold Certified

Project Kaleidoscope Principles

Integrated Science Program

Student / Faculty Research Environment

Science on Display

Part of a Sustainable Campus

Haer Family Science & Art Connector

Thiel College

The state-of-the-art complex includes four labs that will enable student and faculty  to freely collaborate on research projects.  This building serves as a "connector" between an existing science hall and an academic center. 

TYPE  Addition / Renovation


SIZE  7,850 GSF



State-Of-The-Art Research Labs
Collaborative Learning Spaces
Flexible Laboratory Space 
Microscopy Suite
Data Analytics 
Science on Display

Innovation Hub

Clarkson University

The Innovation Hub project is the dynamic re-imagining of the 1970’s Education Resource Center (ERC) located at the center of the University’s Potsdam campus. MCF’s design will transform the existing building into a space for entrepreneurship and collaboration between the Colleges of Engineering, Business and Arts & Sciences.

TYPE  Addition/Renovation


SIZE  73,000 sqft.



2-Story Collaboration “Hub” 
Maker Space
Center for Innovation
Learning Commons
Gallery & Archive

Nursing & Health Sciences Building

University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

The Health Sciences Building  was designed to provide a new home for a nationally recognized Nursing program and teaching lab spaces for the Biology and Chemistry departments. The two-story LEED Gold Certified building houses state-of-the-art SIM labs  and clinical spaces. Highlighted by a vaulted-entry space with a skylight, the structure serves as a welcoming focal point at the west end of the campus quad.

TYPE  New Construction


SIZE  26,422 sqft.



LEED Certified Gold
New Home for the Expanding Nursing Program
Clinical & Simulation Nursing Labs
Intro & Advanced Level Science Teaching Labs
Active Student Learning & Engagement 

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