Cochise College, Willcox Center     Program:  Classrooms, Laboratories, Multifunction Space, Offices, Reception and Support   Construction Budget: $2M   Construction Completed: 2010     "From the initial presentation, college employees were impressed with the preparation, professionalism, and excitement of the [design] team.  There was a sense of [the] architects joining the college as a team member, sharing our excitement for and commitment to the Cochise College Willcox Center project.  I appreciated Mr. Roel Krabbendam's style in working with the college and community members."      Karen Nicodemus, Ph.D., President, Cochise College      "The building that was designed for us will be a true focal point in our community.  It will be incredibly useful but will have the appearance of being extra special.  This was all done with strict budget constraints.  Most importantly, the architects spent so much time with us in our committee to make sure we arrived at the best building possible for our needs and resources.  They especially kept in mind our mission and goals...and [designed] a building where student learning was of primary importance."      Debra Ellis, Willcox Center Director     Design Architect: Roel Krabbendam Firm of Record: ABA Architects, PC     

Cochise College, Willcox Center

Program: 
Classrooms, Laboratories, Multifunction Space,
Offices, Reception and Support

Construction Budget: $2M
Construction Completed: 2010

"From the initial presentation, college employees were impressed with the preparation, professionalism, and excitement of the [design] team.  There was a sense of [the] architects joining the college as a team member, sharing our excitement for and commitment to the Cochise College Willcox Center project.  I appreciated Mr. Roel Krabbendam's style in working with the college and community members."

Karen Nicodemus, Ph.D., President, Cochise College

"The building that was designed for us will be a true focal point in our community.  It will be incredibly useful but will have the appearance of being extra special.  This was all done with strict budget constraints.  Most importantly, the architects spent so much time with us in our committee to make sure we arrived at the best building possible for our needs and resources.  They especially kept in mind our mission and goals...and [designed] a building where student learning was of primary importance."

Debra Ellis, Willcox Center Director

Design Architect: Roel Krabbendam
Firm of Record: ABA Architects, PC


 

  Cochise College, Willcox Center   Program:  Classrooms, Laboratories, Multifunction Space, Offices, Reception and Support Construction Budget: $2M Construction Completed: 2010   "From the initial presentation, college employees were impressed with the preparation, professionalism, and excitement of the [design] team.  There was a sense of [the] architects joining the college as a team member, sharing our excitement for and commitment to the Cochise College Willcox Center project.  I appreciated Mr. Roel Krabbendam's style in working with the college and community members."    Karen Nicodemus, Ph.D., President, Cochise College    "The building that was designed for us will be a true focal point in our community.  It will be incredibly useful but will have the appearance of being extra special.  This was all done with strict budget constraints.  Most importantly, the architects spent so much time with us in our committee to make sure we arrived at the best building possible for our needs and resources.  They especially kept in mind our mission and goals...and [designed] a building where student learning was of primary importance."    Debra Ellis, Willcox Center Director    Design Architect: Roel Krabbendam Firm of Record: ABA Architects, PC    

Cochise College, Willcox Center

Program: 
Classrooms, Laboratories, Multifunction Space,
Offices, Reception and Support
Construction Budget: $2M
Construction Completed: 2010

"From the initial presentation, college employees were impressed with the preparation, professionalism, and excitement of the [design] team.  There was a sense of [the] architects joining the college as a team member, sharing our excitement for and commitment to the Cochise College Willcox Center project.  I appreciated Mr. Roel Krabbendam's style in working with the college and community members."

Karen Nicodemus, Ph.D., President, Cochise College

"The building that was designed for us will be a true focal point in our community.  It will be incredibly useful but will have the appearance of being extra special.  This was all done with strict budget constraints.  Most importantly, the architects spent so much time with us in our committee to make sure we arrived at the best building possible for our needs and resources.  They especially kept in mind our mission and goals...and [designed] a building where student learning was of primary importance."

Debra Ellis, Willcox Center Director

Design Architect: Roel Krabbendam
Firm of Record: ABA Architects, PC

 

  Cochise College, Willcox Center   Program:  Classrooms, Laboratories, Multifunction Space, Offices, Reception and Support Construction Budget: $2M Construction Completed: 2010   "From the initial presentation, college employees were impressed with the preparation, professionalism, and excitement of the [design] team.  There was a sense of [the] architects joining the college as a team member, sharing our excitement for and commitment to the Cochise College Willcox Center project.  I appreciated Mr. Roel Krabbendam's style in working with the college and community members."    Karen Nicodemus, Ph.D., President, Cochise College    "The building that was designed for us will be a true focal point in our community.  It will be incredibly useful but will have the appearance of being extra special.  This was all done with strict budget constraints.  Most importantly, the architects spent so much time with us in our committee to make sure we arrived at the best building possible for our needs and resources.  They especially kept in mind our mission and goals...and [designed] a building where student learning was of primary importance."    Debra Ellis, Willcox Center Director    Design Architect: Roel Krabbendam Firm of Record: ABA Architects, PC    

Cochise College, Willcox Center

Program: 
Classrooms, Laboratories, Multifunction Space,
Offices, Reception and Support
Construction Budget: $2M
Construction Completed: 2010

"From the initial presentation, college employees were impressed with the preparation, professionalism, and excitement of the [design] team.  There was a sense of [the] architects joining the college as a team member, sharing our excitement for and commitment to the Cochise College Willcox Center project.  I appreciated Mr. Roel Krabbendam's style in working with the college and community members."

Karen Nicodemus, Ph.D., President, Cochise College

"The building that was designed for us will be a true focal point in our community.  It will be incredibly useful but will have the appearance of being extra special.  This was all done with strict budget constraints.  Most importantly, the architects spent so much time with us in our committee to make sure we arrived at the best building possible for our needs and resources.  They especially kept in mind our mission and goals...and [designed] a building where student learning was of primary importance."

Debra Ellis, Willcox Center Director

Design Architect: Roel Krabbendam
Firm of Record: ABA Architects, PC

 

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  Middlebury College,   The Axinn Center for Literary and Cultural Studies    Wintergarden, Classrooms, Performance Hall, AV Facilities, Multifunction Space, Faculty Offices, Reception and Support Size: 82,400 sf Construction Budget: $30M Construction Completed: 2007    "  In December 2003, Middlebury College held a design competition for the renovation of the College’s Starr Library. CBT Architects of Boston, MA. was selected to be the architect for the project.      Roel Krabbendam of CBT was assigned the role of design project manager and the work of design began early in 2004.  I soon came to realize I could rely on Roel to provide excellent architectural services while always being aware of budget, schedule, and College design and environmental standards.  Throughout all of our meetings and design reviews with local and state permitting agencies, historic preservationists, faculty and staff , administrators and trustees, donors, and students, Roel was collegial and intelligent while presenting the options and, in some cases, the obstacles that each constituent brought to the design process.  Roel also has an excellent understanding of construction means and methods and this attribute contributed to the “buildability” of the Axinn Center.      I am pleased to recommend Roel to you and invite you to learn more about the Axinn Center at Middlebury College by visiting our website  www.middlebury.edu ."      Tom McGinn, Project Manager,   Middlebury College     Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.    

Middlebury College,
The Axinn Center for Literary and Cultural Studies 

Wintergarden, Classrooms, Performance Hall, AV Facilities, Multifunction Space, Faculty Offices, Reception and Support
Size: 82,400 sf
Construction Budget: $30M
Construction Completed: 2007

"In December 2003, Middlebury College held a design competition for the renovation of the College’s Starr Library. CBT Architects of Boston, MA. was selected to be the architect for the project.  Roel Krabbendam of CBT was assigned the role of design project manager and the work of design began early in 2004.  I soon came to realize I could rely on Roel to provide excellent architectural services while always being aware of budget, schedule, and College design and environmental standards.  Throughout all of our meetings and design reviews with local and state permitting agencies, historic preservationists, faculty and staff , administrators and trustees, donors, and students, Roel was collegial and intelligent while presenting the options and, in some cases, the obstacles that each constituent brought to the design process.  Roel also has an excellent understanding of construction means and methods and this attribute contributed to the “buildability” of the Axinn Center.

I am pleased to recommend Roel to you and invite you to learn more about the Axinn Center at Middlebury College by visiting our website www.middlebury.edu."

Tom McGinn, Project Manager, Middlebury College

Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam
Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.

 

  Middlebury College,   The Axinn Center for Literary and Cultural Studies    Wintergarden, Classrooms, Performance Hall, AV Facilities, Multifunction Space, Faculty Offices, Reception and Support Size: 82,400 sf Construction Budget: $30M Construction Completed: 2007   The design team completely rewrote the Middlebury College sustainable design standards and made extensive efforts to meet high sustainability goals.  Awarding the project a Boston Society of Architects 2009 Sustainability Design Award, the jury stated the project was:     "elegantly integrated into the traditional architecture, maintaining the austerity of northern Vermont's stern, gray buildings in a bioclimactic way-a successful marriage of historic preservation and new design"      Boston Society of Architects      "Roel was knowledgable, clear in his presentations and aware of budget constraints.  He has the ability to bridge difficult situations that can arise between owners and architects during the design process, and lead the team to a mutually agreed upon solution.  I would hire or recommend Roel for a project without reservation"      Win Wassenar, Planning and Facilities,   Middlebury College     Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.    

Middlebury College,
The Axinn Center for Literary and Cultural Studies 

Wintergarden, Classrooms, Performance Hall, AV Facilities, Multifunction Space, Faculty Offices, Reception and Support
Size: 82,400 sf
Construction Budget: $30M
Construction Completed: 2007

The design team completely rewrote the Middlebury College sustainable design standards and made extensive efforts to meet high sustainability goals.  Awarding the project a Boston Society of Architects 2009 Sustainability Design Award, the jury stated the project was:

"elegantly integrated into the traditional architecture, maintaining the austerity of northern Vermont's stern, gray buildings in a bioclimactic way-a successful marriage of historic preservation and new design"

Boston Society of Architects

"Roel was knowledgable, clear in his presentations and aware of budget constraints.  He has the ability to bridge difficult situations that can arise between owners and architects during the design process, and lead the team to a mutually agreed upon solution.  I would hire or recommend Roel for a project without reservation"

Win Wassenar, Planning and Facilities, Middlebury College

Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam
Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.

 

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  Middlebury College,   Biomass Facility   Wood Gasification Plant, Woodchip Storage and Conveying, Electric Co-generation  Size: 8,000 sf Construction Budget: $12M Construction Completed: 2009  As an integral part of Middlebury's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, the Biomass plant was conceived of as a showcase as well as a utilitarian heating and electric co-generation plant.  The location and design responded to practical issues (Up to 3 daily semitrailer deliveries of woodchips, facilities department staffing, operation and monitoring, connection to existing steam distribution system), but also responded to campus planning objectives and transformed a utilitarian existing building into an architectural gem.  Frequently asked questions about the facility are answered at  http://sites.middlebury.edu/biomass/about/faqs/    Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.    

Middlebury College,
Biomass Facility

Wood Gasification Plant, Woodchip Storage and Conveying, Electric Co-generation

Size: 8,000 sf
Construction Budget: $12M
Construction Completed: 2009

As an integral part of Middlebury's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, the Biomass plant was conceived of as a showcase as well as a utilitarian heating and electric co-generation plant.  The location and design responded to practical issues (Up to 3 daily semitrailer deliveries of woodchips, facilities department staffing, operation and monitoring, connection to existing steam distribution system), but also responded to campus planning objectives and transformed a utilitarian existing building into an architectural gem.

Frequently asked questions about the facility are answered at http://sites.middlebury.edu/biomass/about/faqs/

Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam
Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.

 

  Middlebury College,   Biomass Facility   Wood Gasification Plant, Woodchip Storage and Conveying, Electric Co-generation  Size: 8,000 sf Construction Budget: $12M Construction Completed: 2009  As an integral part of Middlebury's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, the Biomass plant was conceived of as a showcase as well as a utilitarian heating and electric co-generation plant.  The location and design responded to practical issues (Up to 3 daily semitrailer deliveries of woodchips, facilities department staffing, operation and monitoring, connection to existing steam distribution system), but also responded to campus planning objectives and transformed a utilitarian existing building into an architectural gem.  Frequently asked questions about the facility are answered at  http://sites.middlebury.edu/biomass/about/faqs/    Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.    

Middlebury College,
Biomass Facility

Wood Gasification Plant, Woodchip Storage and Conveying, Electric Co-generation

Size: 8,000 sf
Construction Budget: $12M
Construction Completed: 2009

As an integral part of Middlebury's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, the Biomass plant was conceived of as a showcase as well as a utilitarian heating and electric co-generation plant.  The location and design responded to practical issues (Up to 3 daily semitrailer deliveries of woodchips, facilities department staffing, operation and monitoring, connection to existing steam distribution system), but also responded to campus planning objectives and transformed a utilitarian existing building into an architectural gem.

Frequently asked questions about the facility are answered at http://sites.middlebury.edu/biomass/about/faqs/

Senior Project Manager: Roel Krabbendam
Firm of Record: CBT Architects, Inc.

 

  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),   School of Architecture   Architecture Studios, Faculty Offices, Classrooms, Meeting Spaces  Size: 60,000 sf  The transition from traditional drafting to CADD required MIT to completely reinvent their teaching environments and faculty offices. Assisting architects Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, the firm developed a new prototype centered on fully and flexibly wired studios that could handle student abuse, reconfigure easily, allow student personalization, and support both traditional and computerized learning modalities.  Working directly with suppliers and installers, the firm explored a number of design options before proposing to customize Herman Miller Ethospace workstations to meet the College’s needs. By stripping the system of all cosmetic elements, outfitting it with solid wood counters and basic tackable surfaces, and field testing the result to prove that two grown men could safely jump on the counters, the firm convinced MIT to proceed with the first installation. Success of the prototype subsequently led to full adoption by the School of Architecture.   Interior Design: Polly Dithmer and Roel Krabbendam Architecture: Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, Inc.    

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
School of Architecture

Architecture Studios, Faculty Offices, Classrooms, Meeting Spaces

Size: 60,000 sf

The transition from traditional drafting to CADD required MIT to completely reinvent their teaching environments and faculty offices. Assisting architects Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, the firm developed a new prototype centered on fully and flexibly wired studios that could handle student abuse, reconfigure easily, allow student personalization, and support both traditional and computerized learning modalities.

Working directly with suppliers and installers, the firm explored a number of design options before proposing to customize Herman Miller Ethospace workstations to meet the College’s needs. By stripping the system of all cosmetic elements, outfitting it with solid wood counters and basic tackable surfaces, and field testing the result to prove that two grown men could safely jump on the counters, the firm convinced MIT to proceed with the first installation. Success of the prototype subsequently led to full adoption by the School of Architecture.

Interior Design: Polly Dithmer and Roel Krabbendam
Architecture: Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, Inc.

 

  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),   School of Architecture   Architecture Studios, Faculty Offices, Classrooms, Meeting Spaces  Size: 60,000 sf  The transition from traditional drafting to CADD required MIT to completely reinvent their teaching environments and faculty offices. Assisting architects Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, the firm developed a new prototype centered on fully and flexibly wired studios that could handle student abuse, reconfigure easily, allow student personalization, and support both traditional and computerized learning modalities.  Working directly with suppliers and installers, the firm explored a number of design options before proposing to customize Herman Miller Ethospace workstations to meet the College’s needs. By stripping the system of all cosmetic elements, outfitting it with solid wood counters and basic tackable surfaces, and field testing the result to prove that two grown men could safely jump on the counters, the firm convinced MIT to proceed with the first installation.  Success of the prototype subsequently led to full adoption by the School of Architecture.   Interior Design: Polly Dithmer and Roel Krabbendam Architecture: Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, Inc.    

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
School of Architecture

Architecture Studios, Faculty Offices, Classrooms, Meeting Spaces

Size: 60,000 sf

The transition from traditional drafting to CADD required MIT to completely reinvent their teaching environments and faculty offices. Assisting architects Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, the firm
developed a new prototype centered on fully and flexibly wired studios that could handle student abuse, reconfigure easily, allow student personalization, and support both traditional and computerized learning modalities.

Working directly with suppliers and installers, the firm explored a number of design options before proposing to customize Herman Miller Ethospace workstations to meet the College’s needs. By
stripping the system of all cosmetic elements, outfitting it with solid wood counters and basic tackable surfaces, and field testing the result to prove that two grown men could safely jump on the counters, the firm convinced MIT to proceed with the first installation.  Success of the prototype subsequently led to full adoption by the School of Architecture.

Interior Design: Polly Dithmer and Roel Krabbendam
Architecture: Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, Inc.

 

  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),   School of Architecture   Architecture Studios, Faculty Offices, Classrooms, Meeting Spaces  Size: 60,000 sf  The transition from traditional drafting to CADD required MIT to completely reinvent their teaching environments and faculty offices. Assisting architects Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, the firm developed a new prototype centered on fully and flexibly wired studios that could handle student abuse, reconfigure easily, allow student personalization, and support both traditional and computerized learning modalities.  Working directly with suppliers and installers, the firm explored a number of design options before proposing to customize Herman Miller Ethospace workstations to meet the College’s needs. By stripping the system of all cosmetic elements, outfitting it with solid wood counters and basic tackable surfaces, and field testing the result to prove that two grown men could safely jump on the counters, the firm convinced MIT to proceed with the first installation.  Success of the prototype subsequently led to full adoption by the School of Architecture.   Interior Design: Polly Dithmer and Roel Krabbendam Architecture: Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, Inc.    

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
School of Architecture

Architecture Studios, Faculty Offices, Classrooms, Meeting Spaces

Size: 60,000 sf

The transition from traditional drafting to CADD required MIT to completely reinvent their teaching environments and faculty offices. Assisting architects Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, the firm
developed a new prototype centered on fully and flexibly wired studios that could handle student abuse, reconfigure easily, allow student personalization, and support both traditional and computerized learning modalities.

Working directly with suppliers and installers, the firm explored a number of design options before proposing to customize Herman Miller Ethospace workstations to meet the College’s needs. By
stripping the system of all cosmetic elements, outfitting it with solid wood counters and basic tackable surfaces, and field testing the result to prove that two grown men could safely jump on the counters, the firm convinced MIT to proceed with the first installation.  Success of the prototype subsequently led to full adoption by the School of Architecture.

Interior Design: Polly Dithmer and Roel Krabbendam
Architecture: Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, Inc.

 

  University of Massachusetts,   Polymer Research Center   Offices, Secretarial Stations, Laboratories, Libraries, Lounges  Size:172,000 sf Construction Completed: 1996  This large, complex facility serving the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA presented problems of scale and repetition. The firm collaborated with architects Ellenzweig and Associates to overcome these difficulties and create interiors that made the building legible to even first time visitors. The building was split into two wings, with one devoted to laboratories and the other to student and faculty offices. To avoid repetition, the firm designed three office schemes of custom millwork, allowing professors to select their preference. The public spaces on each floor were also each given distinctive finishes and floor patterns to highlight their unique identities. Labs were designed in a frank, utilitarian manner, focusing on durability and efficiency, exposing systems for easy access, with light countertop surfaces and ceilings designed to reflect and make the most of available daylight.   Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer Architect: Ellenzweig and Associates, Inc.    

University of Massachusetts,
Polymer Research Center

Offices, Secretarial Stations, Laboratories, Libraries, Lounges

Size:172,000 sf
Construction Completed: 1996

This large, complex facility serving the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA presented problems of scale and repetition. The firm collaborated with architects Ellenzweig and Associates to overcome these difficulties and create interiors that made the building legible to even first time visitors. The building was split into two wings, with one devoted to laboratories and the other to student and faculty offices. To avoid repetition, the firm designed three office schemes of custom millwork, allowing professors to select their preference. The public spaces on each floor were also each given distinctive finishes and floor patterns to highlight their unique identities. Labs were designed in a frank, utilitarian manner, focusing on durability and efficiency, exposing systems for easy access, with light countertop surfaces and ceilings designed to reflect and make the most of available daylight.

Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer
Architect: Ellenzweig and Associates, Inc.

 

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  Tufts University,   Olin Center for Languages   Faculty Offices, Seminar Rooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Theater, Language Lab, Television Studio, Resource Room  Construction Completed: 1990  This academic project focused on imagining the “high-tech” teaching environment from first principles. The school challenged the team to take full advantage of available technologies to enable full cultural immersion and powerful storytelling: to re-imagine the classroom as a powerful teaching tool. Working with architect ARC, we focused on sight lines, camera angles, lighting, and acoustics, shaping classrooms as performance spaces in which the teaching wall transformed into a “learning stage” and content arrived electronically to combine distance learning and full immersion. This teaching model was supported by a library, language lab and a TV studio that allowed content generation and transmission.   Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer Architect: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.    

Tufts University,
Olin Center for Languages

Faculty Offices, Seminar Rooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Theater, Language Lab, Television Studio, Resource Room

Construction Completed: 1990

This academic project focused on imagining the “high-tech” teaching environment from first principles. The school challenged the team to take full advantage of available technologies to enable full cultural immersion and powerful storytelling: to re-imagine the classroom as a powerful teaching tool. Working with architect ARC, we focused on sight lines, camera angles, lighting, and acoustics, shaping classrooms as performance spaces in which the teaching wall transformed into a “learning stage” and content arrived electronically to combine distance learning and full immersion. This teaching model was supported by a library, language lab and a TV studio that allowed content generation and transmission.

Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer
Architect: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.

 

  Tufts University,   Olin Center for Languages   Faculty Offices, Seminar Rooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Theater, Language Lab, Television Studio, Resource Room  Construction Completed: 1990  This academic project focused on imagining the “high-tech” teaching environment from first principles. The school challenged the team to take full advantage of available technologies to enable full cultural immersion and powerful storytelling: to re-imagine the classroom as a powerful teaching tool. Working with architect ARC, we focused on sight lines, camera angles, lighting, and acoustics, shaping classrooms as performance spaces in which the teaching wall transformed into a “learning stage” and content arrived electronically to combine distance learning and full immersion. This teaching model was supported by a library, language lab and a TV studio that allowed content generation and transmission.   Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer Architect: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.    

Tufts University,
Olin Center for Languages

Faculty Offices, Seminar Rooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Theater, Language Lab, Television Studio, Resource Room

Construction Completed: 1990

This academic project focused on imagining the “high-tech” teaching environment from first principles. The school challenged the team to take full advantage of available technologies to enable full cultural immersion and powerful storytelling: to re-imagine the classroom as a powerful teaching tool. Working with architect ARC, we focused on sight lines, camera angles, lighting, and acoustics, shaping classrooms as performance spaces in which the teaching wall transformed into a “learning stage” and content arrived electronically to combine distance learning and full immersion. This teaching model was supported by a library, language lab and a TV studio that allowed content generation and transmission.

Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer
Architect: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.

 

  Tufts University,   Olin Center for Languages   Faculty Offices, Seminar Rooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Theater, Language Lab, Television Studio, Resource Room  Construction Completed: 1990  This academic project focused on imagining the “high-tech” teaching environment from first principles. The school challenged the team to take full advantage of available technologies to enable full cultural immersion and powerful storytelling: to re-imagine the classroom as a powerful teaching tool. Working with architect ARC, we focused on sight lines, camera angles, lighting, and acoustics, shaping classrooms as performance spaces in which the teaching wall transformed into a “learning stage” and content arrived electronically to combine distance learning and full immersion. This teaching model was supported by a library, language lab and a TV studio that allowed content generation and transmission.   Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer Architect: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.    

Tufts University,
Olin Center for Languages

Faculty Offices, Seminar Rooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Theater, Language Lab, Television Studio, Resource Room

Construction Completed: 1990

This academic project focused on imagining the “high-tech” teaching environment from first principles. The school challenged the team to take full advantage of available technologies to enable full cultural immersion and powerful storytelling: to re-imagine the classroom as a powerful teaching tool. Working with architect ARC, we focused on sight lines, camera angles, lighting, and acoustics, shaping classrooms as performance spaces in which the teaching wall transformed into a “learning stage” and content arrived electronically to combine distance learning and full immersion. This teaching model was supported by a library, language lab and a TV studio that allowed content generation and transmission.

Interior Designer: Polly Dithmer
Architect: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.

 

  Higher Education Project Experience:    Cochise College,  Willcox Center  Harvard Business School,  Morgan Hall  Harvard Business School,  Baker Hall Renovations  Harvard University,  Extension School  Middlebury College,  Axinn Center at Starr Library  Middlebury College,  Biomass Facility  MIT,  School of Architecture  Tufts University,  Olin Center for Languages  Tufts University,  South Dormitory  Tufts University,  Dowling Hall  University of Iowa,  Henry B. Tippie College of Business  University of Massachusetts,  Polymer Research Building

Higher Education
Project Experience:

Cochise College, Willcox Center
Harvard Business School, Morgan Hall
Harvard Business School, Baker Hall Renovations
Harvard University, Extension School
Middlebury College, Axinn Center at Starr Library
Middlebury College, Biomass Facility
MIT, School of Architecture
Tufts University, Olin Center for Languages
Tufts University, South Dormitory
Tufts University, Dowling Hall
University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie College of Business
University of Massachusetts, Polymer Research Building