Tidewater Community College, New Academic Building
Offering more than 60,000 square feet of academic space for humanities and social sciences programs, the new building includes 21 classrooms, as well as four tiered classrooms that provide a dynamic experience for students. Each classroom contains a sophisticated Learning Technology System with multiple high-definition LED display monitors, which are strategically placed COST PER SQ FT$253.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio enable faculty to share content with students. Additionally, high-definition document cameras display full color objects and can be used as a webcam to capture classroom materials and lectures. Additional program spaces include an Interior Design Lab, faculty offices, Dean’s suite, student study areas, and a large assembly multipurpose space that seats 200 in a lecture-mode format or 120 seats as a black box theater venue.
The building’s exterior is modern in spirit. The palette of materials used includes medium tone brick, which matches the existing campus brick; aluminum composite panels; pre-cast concrete; and cast stone masonry. Glazing is low-emissivity tinted glass. The energy-saving horizontal sun shading system is constructed of extruded aluminum and finished to match the curtain wall system.
This project’s campus site development plan begins to address the campus master plan in regards to maintaining open green space, fostering pedestrian circulation, and providing 400 additional parking spaces. Two service areas on the north side of the building are concealed by brick screen walls. The northwest area provides the space required for the mechanical equipment, including the transformer, the emergency generator and the chiller. The second service area is situated on the northeast corner and is used for building deliveries and trash collection.
Earning LEED Gold certification in 2015, the building is designed to be energy-efficient and features a pleasant environment for students, faculty and guests. The design emphasizes reducing water consumption, incorporating substantial daylighting and using low-emitting materials to reduce indoor air pollution.