The MarketPlace

Washington, District of Columbia


Gallaudet University


3,600 sq.ft.

Completion Date


BKP renovated five spaces in the I. King Jordan Student Activities Center at Gallaudet University. One of them is the MarketPlace, a 20-year-old retail outlet.

As a world-renowned institute for the deaf and hard of hearing, Gallaudet has been a trailblazer in changing the ways that the architecture and design industry engages with the needs of the deaf community.

BKP incorporated DeafSpace principles as well as universal design principles, ADA regulations, and sustainable features in the new design. From materials for furniture making, to solid color selections and sightlines, every detail is crafted for a multisensory experience. New millwork and layout ease queuing congestion and increase the number of food options. New lighting and finishes bring to life the formerly dark space.

The new MarketPlace features exciting food options, including brick oven pizza, dedicated Grab and Go, Global Fusion and Noodle Bar.

Floor tiles with contrasting color and texture are incorporated to aid with wayfinding. Clear sightlines and solid colors minimalize visual distraction and facilitate ASL communications.

Additional Information

Featured in

2022 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Cafeterias/Food-Service Areas

Product suppliers specified

Flooring by American Olean
Flooring by Tarkett USA
Ceramic Tile by Garden State Brickface and Siding
Security Systems by Cascade Coil Drapery
Science Furniture by BSI
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