Works > Prototypical Classrooms Prototypical Classrooms

New York, NY






SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology

The project was the complete renovation of outdated laboratory space, antiquated restrooms and hallways from the 1970’s. The spaces were transformed into state-of-the-art smart classrooms. An optimal learning environment was achieved integrating technology with a biophilic flexible design concept. Desks and chairs can be rearranged in any fashion, laptop recharging stations are discreetly hidden behind beautiful colorful millwork. Back-painted glass replaced the “standard whiteboard”. Polished concrete floors are now a campus standard. The ceilings were left open for economic reasons and cotton batting material, for acoustic absorption, was installed. The use of fire rated glass for sidelights, doors and clerestory allow for borrowed light and lends a light airy feeling. Uplight/downlight and a dimmable system was installed as well as new fan coil units and AC. Our role as architects was non-traditional. We were both Construction Managers and Architects. The construction start and finish could not be altered due to tight academic schedules. Our firm worked closely with the client and the contractor, expediting shop drawings in record time, being on-site every other day to troubleshoot the issues, tracking and receiving all furniture orders and expediting deliveries of materials when applicable.