The program for the College of Information Technology (CIT) at Georgia Southern University challenged the design-build team to create a national hub for technology study in southeast Georgia. The CIT was to house the latest technological infrastructure yet remain ultimately flexible to adapt to the program’s inherent changing needs. The space planning and design COST PER SQ FT$215.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas 25 classrooms/laboratories, 80 faculty offices, an administrative suite, a 120-seat lecture hall, a 240-seat auditorium, a bookstore and cafe, and an anchor for the new end of a campus “main street.”
The design responded to the large-scale lobby with the use of multiple interior elements that acted as focal points. The primary focal element, the monumental stair and rail, established finish, texture and color. Secondary focal elements, including the elevator core and cafe, allowed the use of the established materials and new accents to put physical form to the technological function of the building. Tertiary elements such as ceiling treatments, lighting and acoustic panels add scale, contend with the large use of brick, and add color.
The building plan allowed the flexibility that a technology program demands while managing traffic and function. The design ensured flexibility by grouping classrooms and labs into blocks of space with continuous floors and ceilings. The arrangement of those blocks established active public corridors and semi-private corridors for faculty.
Furniture selection for the classrooms posed different design problems, including data connectivity at every location within the building. Furniture wire management concealed electrical, data and audiovisual cabling through modesty panels.
The building`s ultimate design provides the user with the flexibility a technology program demands, as well as a look that corresponds to their purpose. The facility was fitted with durable materials,such as terrazzo and impact-resistant panels, suitable to the 24/7 operational environment. Together, the overall design solution took into account the unknown future needs and met the university`s desire to convey a high-tech progressive interior on its otherwise traditional campus.
"Clear and organized floor plans. Great sense of transparency and space flow."--2004 jury