Gallaudet University STM
Spanning portions of the existing structure built in 1959 and 1991, this Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) Laboratory renovation and expansion project provides state-of-the-art research and support facilities for Gallaudet University’s expanding sciences program. Inhabiting large sections of the existing third and fourth floors and a modest roof top addition, the project reimagines outmoded laboratories and clinical spaces and extends the building’s overall connectivity.
2016 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Merit Award
2016 AIA Virginia, Excellence in Architecture, Merit Award
All photos copyright Anice Hoachlander
DeafSpace Guidelines, Gallaudet University – in context to the built environment: A DeafSpace is one in which deaf cultures, in all its diverse dimensions, can thrive through full access to communication and the unique cognitive, cultural and creative dimensions of deaf experience are encouraged.
Key objectives of the renovation and addition included:
- ~ Upgrade the quality and safety of all laboratory spaces to contemporary university standards
- ~ Create a collaborative student-centered learning environment
- ~ Enhance visibility for the STM and Psychology programs
- ~ Improve orientation, wayfinding, and connectivity to campus
- ~ Employ strategies of the DeafSpace Guidelines
The designers introduce natural light, exterior views, and student life to the academic building’s densely programmed core.