Project Location: Washington, DC
Date Completed: January 2016
Owner: Gallaudet University
Architect: Studio 27 Architecture
Square Feet: 62,910 SF
The STM Laboratory Expansion project at Gallaudet University was a full scale renovation in an occupied University building. The renovation included removal of existing classrooms, and an addition of new lab space and offices. The renovation also included a cut through the floor between the 3rd and 4th floors to provide a communicating staircase between the two floors as well as a structural steel and glass Link which now connects the previously disconnected North and South portions of the 4th Floor. The phased renovation allowed use of temporary lab space on the 3rd Floor while new lab space was constructed on the 4th Floor. During the second half of the project, the Link was constructed along with new lab space on the 3rd floor which was previously vacated. In addition to a highly sophisticated A/V package, the new space is also fitted with a lighting controls system capable of responding to user requests for varying light levels as well as increasing or reducing light levels in perimeter offices based on actual natural light available from the exterior of the building.
The final piece of the project was a new Student Lounge on the 3rd floor with soaring 15 foot ceilings of exposed concrete and ductwork which opens onto the new communicating staircase and millwork feature wall meant to mimic a solar heat-density map of the sun in physical, textural wavelengths as opposed to color. This last piece is important to the University as two deaf professors at the University originally developed the map from which the design drew inspiration.