Creating a high-tech collegiate learning facility devoid of “techy shtick” requires a paradigm shift to “ambient technology.” Various cues throughout the Regnier Center indicate how this human-centered building is very supportive of technology connectedness. Technology kiosks offer directional aids, schedules and course offerings. A wireless network offers coverage over FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas entire interior domain. A 24/7 open lab provides students access to higher bandwidths and specialty software not contained on their personal computing devices.
Yet, the building also creates a timeless environment that inspires imagination. Cognitive connections to the natural environment are established with expansive views and natural materials such as limestone, granite and wood. Daylight is harvested deep into the interiors, enriching the natural textures of these materials.
Preservation of social learning and social intelligence is at risk as technological communications overtake students’ lives. The common spaces feature furnishings, materials, daylight and view streams that encourage students to linger on campus. Circulation networks break the “auto-pilot” routine, leading people through a variety of learning neighborhoods to increase their social capital. Supporting the college’s mission to bring art to the people, the public spaces also support the college’s various collections of print works, photography, paintings and Native American artifacts. High ceilings, integrated track lighting and neutral wall finishes make the public spaces even more desirable places to continue learning beyond traditional classroom instruction.