In restoring an 1896 carriage factory into a film and digital media center, the Savannah College of Art and Design was faced with the challenge of preserving a historic building while putting into place the technology necessary for computer art and film/television students. The outcome was a blending of old and new elements.
The facility now houses some of the most ASSOCIATED FIRMWallace Designs, LLCCOST PER SQ FT$93.75FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation technology available, including more than 40 computer labs, 30 classrooms and 600 computers. It is wired with more than 700,000 feet of cabling. The network backbone consists of high-capacity switches with multiple gigabit Ethernet connections, and features a compositing lab, a stop-motion lab and four automatic dialogue replacement (ADR) sound labs.
The open floor plan, once used to encourage collaboration among factory workers, now encourages collaboration among students and professors. Open classroom corridors surround central classroom areas intermixed with original exposed beams, support columns and floorboards.
Other unique features include recycled tire rubber for the flooring, and plastic panels in skylights and partitions. Byte Cafe, the building’s dining facility, features kiosks with touchscreen computers where students can order meals.