The goal of the new design was to create a functional administrative suite to serve as a transparent, yet confidential working environment. The program includes private offices for the District Superintendent and staff, conference rooms, a work room, storage rooms, a kitchenette, and reception area.
The confidential aspect of dealing with sensitive information meant acoustics were a primary concern. Cork flooring and perforated wood ceiling tiles addressed sound transmission in the open public spaces while all walls, ductwork, doors and windows were treated to provide the utmost privacy within the offices.
Building the Brand
Special care was given to reflect the character and tradition of the campus through the use of natural stone, school-inspired colors and a mural wall that celebrates the District’s past and present.
From Red to Green
The client was concerned with sustainability, which was accommodated in a visual way through the use of sustainable natural finishes, such as the cork flooring in reception. More subtle are the energy savings realized through daylighting, such as borrowed light and the new skylights that bring natural light to interior spaces.
Special Publisher’s Commendation Award from LEARNING BY DESIGN – Fall 2012
The cork floors, carpet and perforated wood ceilings minimize sound transmission in the open, public spaces. These materials also address the project’s sustainability goals; the cork is rapidly renewable, the carpet contains high recycled content and the ceiling was sustainably harvested.
The translucent mural wall, also part of the design, pays tribute to the district’s character and heritage. The interior space benefits from the natural light provided by skylights, which are integrated into the space with diffusers.
The conference room features ample space and integrated technology, addressing the specific requirements identified in the program. The skylight brings in natural light and the remote control operated shading feature makes it possible to use the projector on sunny days.
The break out meeting space is open and airy. Natural light is brought into the space from the reception area, which in turn borrows light from the adjacent single loaded corridor.
DLA Architects is a full service architectural firm. This means that we will assist you from the time you start thinking about changes to your environment until well past the final completion of a project.
First and foremost, we see ourselves as your representative. We take this role very seriously and everything we do will be approached from your perspective. Our team is available from start to finish, to guide you through the process.