This computer classroom facility project integrates support spaces capable of connecting students and faculty to any university in the Georgia school system.
The building program includes computer classrooms, a 120-seat lecture hall, 240-seat auditorium, student bookstore, student cafe, executive training suite and comprehensive computer-based laboratories ranging ASSOCIATED FIRMBazemore Mastrianni Wilson, Architects, Inc.CAPACITY2,200COST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized a capacity of 30 to 120 seats. Support spaces include faculty offices, a student-services department and other standard support areas. Most classrooms are equipped with videoconferencing and audiovisual systems, and all spaces, including the lecture hall and auditorium, feature full integration with desktop network connectivity for students and faculty.
The facility is a three-story building with an adjacent central mechanical plant. The three-story classroom wing is the primary teaching component of this facility, along with a two-story lobby situated at the major visual axis to the New Campus Boulevard. All major entrances are designed with an internal skylight to signify their importance. Building materials complied with published campus design guidelines and include brick, precast, storefront and a standing-seam metal roof.
Designed as a key element in attracting industry to South Georgia, the facility needed to have a high level of architectural detail, and the ability to accommodate both academic teaching and corporate executive training. The facility was envisioned to serve as a central hub for regional, national and international multimedia production training. Additional challenges:
-Furnishing “shared media” involving telecommunication spaces and pathways, cabling and equipment supporting both present and future needs for variable bandwidth to all users.
-Providing an aesthetically pleasing facility that would conform to university guidelines and complement existing architecture.
-Accelerating project delivery by using a fast-track design-build approach for an 18-month completion, in time for August 2003 classes.
-Accomplishing the above goals within the state cost limitation of $28,237,000.