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RFU Innovation and Research Park Preview


The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Innovation and Research Park will offer a collaborative environment for academic and industry scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, with the goal of accelerating RFU’s nationally recognized research into treatment and prevention of disease. Completion of the $50 million building is expected in summer 2019. (more…)

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Auburn University Mell Classroom construction on track for fall completion

Auburn University Mell Classroom Building

Auburn University officials and members of the media were given a guided tour Tuesday of the Mell Classroom building that is set to be open for the fall semester.

The building, which is more than 60 percent complete, will be a 69,000-square-foot addition to the existing Ralph Brown Draughon Library. An additional 38,000 feet is being repurposed and renovated inside the library, according to Auburn University’s website.

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University of Georgia’s New Science Learning Center


The new learning center allows UGA’s science students more opportunities for interactive learning.

ATLANTA (September 15, 2016) – Atlanta-based architecture and interior design firm tvsdesign is joining with the University of Georgia (UGA) to celebrate the complete construction of the Science Learning Center. UGA tapped tvsdesign and HDR, Inc. to design the 122,500 sf facility that is the epicenter of scientific learning on campus. (more…)

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Project Spotlight: Auburn University Central Classroom Facility


Higher Education Facilities provide should create a climate for educational success by inspiring imaginations, and advancing the use of technology to unleash the power of opportunity.


Mell Commons at Auburn University  is one of two new buildings designed for Auburn University’s campus that will house freshmen and sophomore level core classes. This transformational building is designed as an addition to the existing main campus.

Firebox_Cropped Flexible Library space for collaboration

The Ralph Brown Draughon Library will provide a great variety of informal, collaborative student areas, building upon the success of other such “learning commons” spaces within the existing library facility.



A design focus on student engagement, productivity and safety


Mell Commons is, at its essence, a place designed for students. the building has been filled with informal learning environments that are located throughout the building and take on different personalities–from extroverted and active to introverted and quiet–in order to meet the varied needs and learning styles of students.



Working with tvsdesign on the Central Classroom Facility has been highly successful. They have done an excellent job listening to the objectives of the Program Requirements Committee and in return educating them on the programming process in a clear and concise way ”.

-James Carroll, Office of the University Architect

Click here for more information on the Auburn University Central Classroom Facility project, or visit the Higher Education studio at tvsdesign.com

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Sykes Chapel wins COD+A’s 2013 Art Award


University of Tampa’s Sykes Chapel has won the 2013 CoD+A Award for it’s successful integration of commissioned art into interior and architectural spaces.P-00819-000-003

The CoD+A Awards strive to recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us.

The architecture and design of Sykes Chapel was meant to elicit spiritual, sensory and emotional responses by building users. The play of sunlight through skylights, stained art glass and light scattering prisms uplift the visual senses.

Q-00819-000-083The boldly designed glass windows in the contemporary meditation room and in all the hallway entry doors are the work of Guy Kemper, an internationally known U.S.-based glass artist. In describing his work, Kemper explains that “If students will set a moral compass and grow, the sky is the limit.

University of Tampa President, Ronald L. Vaughn, believed the holistic development of students would be enhanced by programs and a facility that helps students examine and reflect upon the kind of person they want to be and the purpose of their lives.

It’s difficult to understand the world and different cultures without an understanding of world religions,” Vaughn says. “Religion permeates U.S. history, almost every culture and the lives of billions of people, politics, and countless decision made throughout the world.

Throughout the design and construction process, tvsdesign conducted an incredible amount of research and paid thoughtful attention to detail to ensure the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values will be a special place for generations to come.Q-00819-000-077

We used our global perspective to design the architecture of the Chapel Center    to express values of faith and spirituality common to all cultures,” said Robert R. Balke, principal with tvsdesign. “The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values is a unique project for the University and we were honored to be part of the team that brought this from inspiration to reality.

Click here to learn more about Skyes Chapel at the University of Tampa,  or visit tvsdesign.com

For more information on Guy Kemper, visit www.kemperstudio.comQ-00819-000-023

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The Security of Higher Education Design

Auburn University Central Classroom Facility

For buildings on campuses of higher education, safety is a paramount concern not only for students, but for educators, parents and the larger community, as well. Intuitive strategies must be integrated into the campus design in ways that maintain both high levels of safety and high levels of design.

Technology SquareTechnology Square is a 1,100,000 square-foot expansion of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Set in the bustling urban fabric of midtown, tvsdesign enhanced safety by utilizing the project’s location to its advantage.

The design team used the natural, urban elements to provide an observable buffer zone between the whole city dynamic and the interior learning environments. Strategically placed points of entry also associate student activity with the larger environment thereby keeping them secure inside the campus buildings. To connect Technology Square to the larger Georgia Tech campus, a new, 5th Street Bridge was built with extra wide sidewalks, additional lighting and park-like trees and plantings.

The objective was to create an environment where people want to be,” says Bob Balke, AIA, LEED, Principal at tvsdesign. “A place where then can observe one another, thereby passively increasing the safety of all.

The interior campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville was designed as a learning village with spaces organized into smaller neighborhoods and connected by pedestrian ’streets’. The design team was able to group all academic functions under one roof, securing all students in a single space. T-9209-000-212Entrances were consolidated and purposefully placed to provide the most convenient connection for students between parking and their learning centers. Enrollment was greater than anticipated when the building opened and the campus still maintains its strong reputation for innovation and as a secure place to continue one’s education.

Click here to learn more about successful designs for Higher Education, or visit tvsdesign.com