Norwich University

Mack Hall
Norwich University Mack Hall - Cyber War Room


Founded in 1819 and located in the Green Mountains of northern Vermont, Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States. With approximately 3,400 students, Norwich is one of the country’s six senior military colleges and is recognized as the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Norwich University recently dedicated Mack Hall, their newest academic building designed to tie the campus together and provide an environment to teach students the skills they need for the 21st Century.  Mack Hall is a 58,000 square foot, four-story learning center with interactive classrooms, case-study spaces, pocket lounges, a high-tech, cybersecurity War Room, a digital forensics lab, a cybersecurity research lab and an auditorium and performing arts center to host plays and musical events. As well as hosting symposiums and lectures, panel discussions and collaborative interaction. Mack Hall’s goal is to encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines, from liberal arts to information assurance, to business management, cybersecurity and criminal justice and many more.

Norwich is on the cutting edge of cybersecurity and information assurance educational programs and has partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

The specialty rooms in Mack Hall that will contribute to maintaining Norwich’s lead in cybersecurity education include:

Cybersecurity War Room

The Cybersecurity War Room is a $1.6 million state-of-the-art classroom that seats 24 students in a tiered horseshoe arrangement and will be used to host cyber war games and teach students how to perform penetration tests. It features a wall of 12 video monitors that can be combined to display information on a single screen or across multiple screens.

Digital Forensics Lab

The Digital Forensics lab also seats 24 and contains state-of-the-art equipment to forensically analyze cellular devices, computers, and emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT).

Cyber Research Lab

Research work conducted in the Cyber Research Lab will be submitted to leading Cyber conferences around the world giving students an opportunity to present their research internationally.

We worked with Jones Architects and Freeman French Freeman to develop the technology infrastructure design and system design and participated in the programming and RFP development. One of the key goals of the project was to upgrade the existing technology and we were responsible for all the Audiovisual, IT Infrastructure, Paging, Security, Videoconferencing and Wireless technologies.


Photos by Horne Visual Media


  • Collaborated with Norwich to transform the institution into a place of innovation
  • Partnered with campus leadership to accelerate IT innovation and upgrade existing technology across the entire campus
  • Created a unique high-tech simulation War Room to host cyber war games featuring a wall of 12 video monitors


  • Infrastructure Design
  • Programming
  • RFP Development
  • System Design


  • Audiovisual
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Paging
  • Security
  • Videoconference
  • Wireless Network
  • Client: Norwich University
  • Location: Northfield, Vermont
  • Project Type: Education
  • Architect: Jones Architects and Freeman French Freeman
  • Size: 58,000 SF