Laurel Vlock Center for Convergent Media
The Laurel Vlock Center for Convergent Media at the University of New Haven is a systems engineering lab designed to help teach students and professionals to maximize and explore the use of various media technologies in broadcast, print and internet media. The center is the first commercial training facility of its kind in Connecticut that is Apple certified to train users on Apple Final Cut Pro software. The lab contains 25 Mac Pro computers set into custom desks that allow the monitors to be retracted into the work surface by the professor. Rounding out the design of the room is a raised access floor system that provides stadium seating and a new structural “needle” beam that allowed the removal of a bearing wall between the two spaces that were merged to form the lab. Dynamic shapes and materials help integrate building systems in a seamless and elegant way allowing the technology of the room to make the main design statement.
Holcomb Farm Learning Center
The Art Barn or Workshop at Holcomb Farm Learning center is a sensitive reuse of an existing traditional farm structure into an arts oriented classroom environment. The project transformed a traditional utilitarian agricultural building into an exciting place to learn while encompassing the natural beauty of its surroundings. Use of sustainable building techniques like solar lighting tubes and a geo thermal heat pump system make the building functional and inviting while reducing energy usage.
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts - Colt Gateway Hartford, CT
The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (GHAA) is a performance arts magnet school located within the historic Colt Gateway Project in Hartford, CT. Split between two existing former manufacturing buildings, the project occupies 50,000 SF of formerly vacant shell space in the Sawtooth Building and the first floor of the South Armory. The school contains traditional classrooms and laboratory spaces along with three 40FT x 40FT dance studios and two movement classrooms. An existing column was removed in each of the dance studios to create the required open floor plan at each studio. Seismic constraints unique to the building ultimately dictated the locations of the dance studios within the floor plan, while the existing structural grid and the requirements of the State Historic Preservation Officer greatly influenced the rest of the building layout. The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts received the 2011 Crew CT Annual Connecticut Real Estate Award for the Best Specialty Project—Adaptive Reuse.