After successfully completing a similar renovation for JHSPH in Lecture Hall W2030, ARM was again awarded the follow-up project to perform similar renovations to Lecture Hall W5030, as well as classroom W5010.
Very careful coordination and attention to details were required in order to maintain strict adherence to acoustics and Audio Visual requirements. A ceiling system manufactured in Switzerland was specified to be installed to assist in the acoustic performance of the room.
The lecture room was constructed with a raised tiered platform and custom fabricated desk rows on each tier. The classroom had custom fabricated butcher block desks with electrical wireways in the center of each desktop. Both rooms had entirely new air handling units in dedicated mechanical rooms to provide temperature control to the renovated rooms.
The tiered platform and desks could be prefabricated in sections at the millwork subcontractor’s shop. This would allow the other work on site (HVAC, Electrical, stud framing, drywall, etc.) to proceed to completion without having to work around the platform and desks. The project schedule was able to be condensed through this prefabrication effort and other coordination items.
Red oak wainscots, coffered ceilings with bulkheads framed around existing beams, LED lighting w/multizone dimming controls, and custom audio visual system provide a pleasing atmosphere for both students and lecturer.
|Murdoch Smith Architects