Education

Solar Synchronicity

Winner in the Brick in Architecture’s Best in Class category for higher education, McCord Hall, at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Its curving façade features a highly textured surface of projecting “corduroy” brick and deep vertical windows with projecting metal fins. The curved form of the building also increases the natural dynamism of the projecting brick shadows and operates like a sundial as the sun moves.

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Grocery Store/Office Transformed into a College Campus

Antelope Valley College focused on its future with a retrofit project that created the Palmdale Center that was an existing grocery store with attached office building. The retrofit market is filled with opportunity for the building owners who are willing to reinvest in structures. Antelope Valley College focused on its future with a retrofit project that created the Palmdale Center in Palmdale, Calif. With the project, the college now has a self-contained satellite campus that once was an existing grocery store with an attached medical office building.

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Arizona State University’s Beus Center for Law and Society

Doubling Down

Flowing, tiered areas are an increasingly popular feature of today’s atria, as they create an open and welcoming feel, inviting people to linger. At Arizona State University’s Beus Center for Law and Society, New York City-based Ennead Architects were looking to take this trend a step further. Their aim was to create a space which also could double as a more formal auditorium. Through the application of an adaptable system, the Ennead design team was able to create a multi-use space, now known as the Armstrong Great Hall.Audience Systems collaborated with engineers from local seating experts Titan Carter who brought together the Recital chair with a highly engineered tiering

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Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University

Individual to Group Learning

After studying student behaviors, this framed the way in which Grand Valley State University (GVSU) went about renovating its Mary Idema Pew Library. In essence, the university identified a range of activities and the types of spaces students desired to support those tasks. “When they are really heads down on a project, or a test, or some other creative endeavor, they often expect and demand almost total silence and stillness,” relates Van Orsdel. On the other end of the spectrum, students seek group settings, whether it is comfortable lounge seating or a table with a whiteboard or a large screen for sharing digital images or data.Beyond having a space to support group inter

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Holtschneider Performance Center at DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.

University Selects Lockers for Acoustic-Sensitive Environment

DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center serves as the next phase of a new complex dedicated to serving the needs of hundreds of music students, while hosting the world-class performances of multiple artists simultaneously. Magnificent acoustics and quiet elegance are the hallmarks of DePaul University’s new $98 million, 185,000-sq.-ft. performing arts facility. “The new center is a technologically advanced, aesthetically sleek performing arts center that meets the wide-ranging music needs of students, faculty and the surrounding community,” said Rob Roubik, a principal at Antunovich Assocs. in Chicago. As part of the initiative to decrease noise from

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Lighting the Path to Artistic Inspiration

Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts is a high school that specializes in arts education.Founded in 1974 by Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Mike Malone, the school occupies a building originally built in 1898 as Western High School. The District of Columbia Public Schools recently embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation project to modernize the facility and expand from 171,000 to 271,000 sq. ft. The project included the renovation and addition of classrooms, dance and art studios, common areas, a media center and a 300-seat performance hall.While the primary goal of construction was to add new spaces and modernize the entire buildin

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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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