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University of Georgia’s New Science Learning Center

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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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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.

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