Education

Wichita High School Southeast

New School Design Standard for Wichita High School

Gone are standardized boxy structures, and instead spaces are filled with natural light that promote learning in a healthy environment. A new campus, Wichita High School Southeast, replaces a 1950s structure and meets the community’s growing population needs with current design practices. The exterior showcases the school’s pride and adoption of cost-effective, durable materials. “This was the first all new, comprehensive high school for the district since the 1970s, so they wanted something permanent, but modern,” say Malcolm Watkins AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, vice president of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey in Wichita, Kansas.

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Wichita High School, Wichita, Kansas

Bullish on Education

Replacing a 1950s predecessor, the new Wichita High School Southeast in Wichita, Kansas, is its district’s first new comprehensive high school since the 1970s. Designed by the hometown firm of Schaefer Johnson Cox Fry, the new facility makes an immediate visual impact, thanks to the combination of Envelope 2000 RS metal composite material panels and tinted glass curtainwall. Highlighting the school colors of black and gold—and, with a supersized mural of the school’s gold-toned buffalo mascot, the panels’ easy installation also helped speed the aggressive two-year construction schedule. 

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Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, Hope College, Holland, Mich.

Rail System Enhances Community

A minimalist stair track rail system at the Hope College Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center gives the open concept space a sense of lightness and freedom—ideal for fostering community among students and campus organizations. Provide safety needed for stair systems without taking away from the elegance of the space. The center includes a large multipurpose room with adjacent patio, a lounge with fireplaces, as well as, meeting areas and a coffee shop.

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Concentration at the Push of a Button

So, for all the talk of color tuning, does it exist? It does, but sometimes you have to go far afield, say Denmark, and the Herstedlund Primary School. There, after the bell rings, fourth-year students take their seats for the first lesson—not so different than schools around the world. However, when teachers in these classrooms flick the switch, a very different experience follows. Light, more like daylight, floods the classroom, creating a more pleasant atmosphere. Thanks to Zumtobel’s Active Lighting system, teachers have a choice of four pre-programmed lighting “moods,” in line with the precepts of human-centric lighting. In this case, dimmable, and color-tunable

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Fire-Proofing Historical Stained Glass

When erecting a new student commons between historic Hutchins Hall and another academic building at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, designers discovered that the building code required a 2-hour fire-rated barrier. However, the 80-year-old Hutchins Hall façade was adorned with aged limestone and historic stained glass windows. In order to transform the existing wall into a fire-rated assembly, the building team needed to remove the stained glass and limestone, install custom designed Safti SuperLite II-XL 120 glazing and EZ frames, then painstakingly re-assemble the stained glass and limestone. “The first step was to carefully remove the existing stained glass window

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University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences

Driven by Data

The University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., began accepting students to its new Goergen Institute of Data Science program in fall 2015, and two years later the school opened the doors to an ambitious new facility to house the effort.The building features a creative façade design by Kennedy & Violich Architects (KVA) that plays with the theme of a data-centric mission, offering a “coded” indicator of the work going on within its walls. At the same time, it also ties this very modern building to the larger campus, with its roots back to the 1930s.The campus is the university’s third home and was originally built as its College for Men in 1930. Its oldest buildings fe

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Suspended Animation

On the campus side, light-colored brick, along with concrete, predominates, drawing on the limestone shades of the school’s oldest structures. The town side, however, features brick in deep red tones. For this building, New York City-based Weiss/Manfredi brought those downtown hues onto campus, combining millennia-old masonry technology with cutting-edge architecture to create a high-performance structure that’s also become a teaching tool.Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, Weiss/Manfredi’s architects selected brick that was produced locally. And they got their own lessons in how brick is fired and in how its color can shift based on how it’s produced from suppli

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Norwalk Community College Center for Science, Health and Wellness

Nod to Tradition

Face-brick cladding lends a traditional appearance to a high-performing building on the campus of Norwalk Community College. The façade of the $30 million Center for Science, Health and Wellness, designed by New York City’s Mitchell Giurgola Architects, pairs the brick with more modern materials to tie the building in with the rest of the 1960s-era campus.

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Univ. of Delaware Reimagined

By using non-traditional materials, like undulating coiled wire fabric walls and ceiling treatments, the new iSuite boasts an impeccable, award-winning design. Designed by Page, the former metal foundry turned iSuite includes a cyber range, collaborative hub and a maker space. Working with the college directly, the facility was designed using Page’s 3D printers and a student-created virtual reality model, developing a half-scale mockup to demonstrate that inverting the metal fabric would, in fact, be successful.“We’ve seen metal fabric draped as a catenary before, but this is the first time someone has used Fabricoil in the ‘wrong direction,’” says Lou Kru

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UCLA Athletics, Los Angeles, Cailf.

UCLA Scores Big with Smart Lighting Retrofit

The university’s athletics department featured a lighting control retrofit, which helped the football team’s operations and assisted in meeting California’s stringent energy codes. Implement a lighting controls retrofit that would serve UCLA Athletics, as well as help meet California’s tough energy codes. Given Title 24’s stringent requirements, the most efficient light is one that is off. In fact, the quest to retrofit began when someone said, “Hey, turn the lights off.”

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