SHP designed the renovation of 33,000 SF to replace existing outdated and inadequate teaching space on the first and second floors and to provide additional classroom swing space for future growth and departmental moves. Additionally, 6,800 SF on the first floor was also renovated for lease to the English Language Services program. Due to the location of the building on campus, the design team had to deal with the physical and economic constraints of a 10-20 year building lifespan.
The project will be constructed in four phases (including an early demolition package) to minimize disruption to the busy schedule of computer classrooms on the second floor and meet a required quick completion date for the first phase. The phasing plan was carefully crafted to accommodate space needs, occupant needs and tight schedule. Each phase will include its own package HVAC system to allow continued classroom operation throughout the renovation process.
The design team worked with numerous user groups, including an outside organization, who will use the building. The design includes large and small classrooms, seminar rooms, computer labs, storage space and offices. New finishes include suspended ceilings, resilient flooring in the classrooms and carpeting in the offices.
As most of the system components are original to the 40-year old building, major HVAC and electrical system upgrades, fire alarm systems replacements and building access control additions were required. The design also included high-end multimedia and audio / visual teaching systems for enhanced learning environments. Because various colleges with differing instructional and learning techniques will use the building, the flexible design of the communication and information technology will accommodate diverse populations.