Insights  |  S&T Blog

Lab Protocols: Going Forward in Covid Times

George L. Kemper, Jul 30, 2020
Insights  |  News

The Virginia Design Medalist Program in 2020 – Distance Style

Robert V. Reis, Jul 28, 2020
Insights  |  News

Welcome to our 2020 Summer Scholars

Adam Schultz, Jul 06, 2020
Insights  |  General Blog

The New Workplace

Darryl Henderson, Jun 11, 2020
Insights  |  News

Hanbury's Science and Technology Practice Grows Roots

Hanbury, May 01, 2020
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Project  |  Architecture

Robertson Hall (New Science Building) and Briggs Renovation

Rhodes College

Comprised of state-of-the-art research and teaching labs, classrooms, unique study spaces, and faculty offices for both the Chemistry and Biology Departments, the New Science Building demonstrates Rhodes’ commitment to excellence in higher education.

The new book-end building to the Paul Barret Jr. Library, completes and redefines the Troutt Quad. The lower level connects to the existing, below-grade science departments of neighboring Frazier Jelke. The Collegiate Gothic design is infused with contemporary monumental glazing, and streamlined detailing throughout, taking its cues from the rich tradition and heritage of Rhodes College.

The renovation to Briggs Science Center provides a large, flexible, multipurpose room at the center of that campus for hosting lectures, seminars and receptions. Supporting break-out spaces and lounges provide comfortable areas for student gathering and study. The patios at the north and south sides extend from the multipurpose room and lounge and provide inviting exterior spaces and tie to the quad to the north and the greened and re-landscaped Frazier Jelke plaza to the south. The renovation also supports the growth of the Computer Science Department by consolidating computer classrooms, seminar spaces, a research virtual reality lab, and faculty offices in one building to promote a connection between faculty and students.

Project  |  Architecture

Hurley Convergence Center

University of Mary Washington

Hidden within the thoroughly traditional exterior of the University of Mary Washington's new Hurley Convergence Center is a hub of innovation and modernity: part creativity laboratory; part advanced-digital-resources nexus; and part showcase for practices and results. The building and its equipment are capable of holding massive digital archives, and represent a central point of access for ultra-high quality, network-based resources. Students and faculty alike benefit from wired and wireless network access, visual presentation, distance learning, collaboration, media capture and streaming, and digital archiving features. 

Straddling the Campus Walk that is perhaps the university’s most iconic orienting element, the Center provides a physical and functional connection to the Simpson Library as well as a place for partnership and collaboration across disciplines. The Center's Georgian exterior blends seamlessly with its context while gesturing to the rich technological future it promises with a sheer glass “slice” through the building that allows generous views and brings filtered natural light to its interior.

Not only is this a place where students can “plug in,” it’s also a place where faculty can explore, train, and master the tools that will help them teach technologically savvy Millennials more effectively. The Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies offers training in a variety of fixed and flexible spaces that allow students, faculty, and staff to interact with one another on both curricular and extracurricular projects, reducing any intimidation factors. Self-service workstations and spaces are outfitted with computer, video production, and other technologies to help users transition to the latest tools and approaches. Spaces include a variety of classrooms, seminar rooms, team collaboration studios, a multimedia lab, a motion capture lab, and a 200-seat "black box" auditorium classroom with a supporting control room. Other features include a cafe, a 200-person auditorium for lectures and training, sophisticated digital media production facilities, multi-media presentation spaces, multi-function conference rooms.

"From the outside, this will be a Georgian building. But the inside will house something that none of us have ever seen before."

 - UMW Convergence Center Building Committee Chair 

Project  |  Architecture

Gilbert Street Mixed-Use Development

Virginia Tech Foundation

As Virginia Tech looks to the future of its innovative partnership with Amazon in Northern Virginia, the Blacksburg campus is growing in parallel. This mixed-use development will bring 200,000 square feet of Class A office space to the University. Sited on the edge of campus as the transition point into downtown, the development promotes a more walkable urban district. Ground-floor retail and restaurants activate the street with outdoor seating areas that spill out of the building and onto the wide sidewalks.

The building will feature a unique rooftop venue that overlooks the campus from the sixth floor terrace area. This space will include a bar, catering kitchen, outdoor fire pits and television screens to host a variety of events ranging from weddings to tailgates.