Lincoln School STEAM Hub for Girls

November 22nd, 2017

The STEAM Hub for Girls features interdisciplinary teaching space for science, math, and the humanities including new physics and chemistry labs, recently renovated biology labs, glass-enclosed study spaces, and a 2,000 square foot art gallery for students and visiting artists.

The project sits at the intersection of several of the key guiding principles defined in the Lincoln School Master Plan developed by LLB Architects in 2016. It recasts traditional classroom spaces as agile spaces for group collaboration and project-based learning, improves connectivity, and makes the facility more sustainable and resilient.

The design of the STEAM Hub is a visual expression of the school’s mantra “where tradition meets innovation,” with a modern, curvilinear façade partially wrapping but not obscuring the adjacent historic building. Back-of-house services that had dominated the Butler/Blackstone streetscape have been tucked away, while the new addition hovers over a newly planted greenscape and rain garden.

Its technologically advanced components include a dramatic glass curtain wall facing the west with twenty vertical sun shades, that are spaced to create rolling shade as the sun moves. The structure of the poured-in-place two-way concrete slab, steel cross bracing, and round, mushroom-capped columns are exposed to provide the students a learning laboratory for engineering and architecture.

Finally, a subtly edge-lit glass sign is a fresh reminder that Lincoln School is a bold, innovative place for learning and leadership for girls.

Rhode Island College – Gaige Hall

November 22nd, 2017

Gaige Hall is the home to the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Anthropology, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology; and the Audiovisual Department and Audiovisual Help Center. Built in 1966, Gaige Hall faced a series of infrastructure problems that greatly affected the learning environment including extreme fluctuations in temperature, lack of natural light, and poor acoustics. Built at a time when teaching and learning methodology favored a more segregated and inward environment, the floor plan lacked many common and gathering areas.

The renovation and addition to Gaige Hall completely reorganized the departments and classrooms; creating integrated collaborative zones throughout the building to provide flexibility to the various user groups. The program was laid out in a manner that establishing more open, light-filled spaces that encourage a sense of community and provide areas for gathering, group study, and casual meetings. A small addition makes a connection on the third level of the building, creating additional space for new student lounges areas with power stations for technology, and a large multipurpose room overlooking the quad. The multipurpose room further opens up the building to allow natural daylight to penetrate the interior. A 334-seat auditorium with improved sightlines, updated acoustics and state of the art sound system is one of the new features of the building.

The modernization and upgrade of the building envelope and mechanical systems combined with the incorporation of accessible design re-establishes Gaige Hall as a campus destination.

Read what RIC has to say about Gaige Hall here.

Photography by Nat Rea.