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The Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library features a sun-washed central space that preserves much of the rear façade of the original library and its Beaux-Arts details, juxtaposed against a modern intervention of the glass curtain wall. Furthermore, the renovation restores the significance of the Front Lawn and creates a physical connection through the library from west to east that opens on to Topiary Park – the result is to create a library-in-a-park. The actual footprint of the library remains the same, but the change is transformational.
Read more about the Columbus Metropolitan Library Renovation project.
Developing a broad global curriculum that meets the needs of students graduating into a complex and changing world is a significant academic goal at Lafayette College. Working closely with faculty and College administration, GUND is designing the Oechsle Center for Global Education as a dynamic, collaborative learning environment with international connectivity.
The new 18,400 square-foot building will house the International Affairs Program and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and will be a key locus of activity for area studies programs and a hub of interdisciplinary interaction. Construction is slated for completion in 2014. Read more about the Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College.
As Perkins' first ever social hub for students, the Grousbeck Center combines technology and recreational amenities to facilitate education, vocational training and social skills development. In addition to the student-focused areas, the Grousbeck Center also includes dedicated training facilities for Perkins teachers and visiting educators. GUND's design incorporates a variety of innovative universal design concepts that appeal to all the senses and engage the diverse student body.
With universal design concepts at the center of the project’s green design strategies, the Grousbeck Center received LEED Silver certification. Creating healthy environments and providing all users easy and universally accessible control over the building systems was central to GUND’s design approach. Other sustainable design strategies emphasize cost-effective solutions that optimize indoor environmental quality, and reduce energy and potable water usage. Beyond LEED, the school seeks to promote good stewardship of natural resources within the unique context of the school. Read more about the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins.
Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C served as project manager for the Grousbeck Center. Contact Christine for more information.
Creating an exceptional academic environment that advanced the school’s educational mission and inspired generations of students and faculty was the central goal of the project. Green design solutions were a priority, and the project achieved LEED Gold certification.
The building is sited on an east-west axis to maximize daylighting. Relating to the adjacent Tudor-style building, the massing of the building is broken into articulated components, which creates courtyards and take full advantage of natural light and views.
A central atrium connects the Humanities, Math and Science departments, library, and school administration offices. This energizing space animates the heart of the building by encouraging informal meetings and socialization. It also serves as a place for weekly school assemblies.
Reflecting forward-thinking trends in academic facilities design, classrooms, labs and library spaces promote hands-on, interactive learning, and were designed to be easily adaptable to future changes in teaching methodologies. Two-person tables, rather than desks, were selected for all 36 classrooms because they offer maximum flexibility and can be easily configured for seminars, group work and testing. Each classroom features an interactive white board, A/V system, standard white board, document camera and teacher station. Read more about the Armour Academic Center at Westminster School.