The mission of the unique Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders is to improve the lives of children and families by accessing and disseminating new technologies gained through research. Connected by an enclosed pedestrian bridge into the Boys Town National Research Hospital, the facility consists of research labs, an education COST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized conference center, a distance-learning center, technology classrooms and staff offices.
From their own homes via videoconferencing, families throughout the nation will be able to access and view outreach programs of instructional information from expert personnel while their deaf or hearing-impaired children participate.
The spirit of this new facility is captured in the use and articulation of translucent, perforated, stainless-steel sun screens that define and enclose the interior spaces. The panels allow natural light to penetrate the interior spaces, changing the feel of a traditional research facility. In addition to the natural light, glass, brick facade, efficient HVAC and sun modulation are features of sustainable design, which visually symbolize how technology goes beyond the boundaries of research.
The goal of the Lied Learning and Technology Center is to not only enhance the quality of life, but also inspire the user, visually communicate the importance of discovery, and remove the barriers that limit educational access.