Designing a higher education research facility to drive research results in Washington
Founded in the late 1800’s, American University (AU) is a research-driven educational institution located in Washington, DC. AU had a desire to expand and enhance building amenities for students and staff to drive research results. Enter the plans for the 256,000-square-foot East Campus development—over 8 acres of land across from American University's main building.
East Campus would be comprised of four buildings, including three residence halls and one academic facility that accommodates administrative offices and instructional space. The Don Meyers Technology and Innovation Building provides a state-of-the-art environment and is home to the university’s new game design and persuasive play program.
While a network of informal learning spaces line the main corridors to support casual interaction and break-out activities, classroom spaces are primarily on the west side of the building with faculty offices or departmental spaces along the east. We also placed feature areas like the Problem-Based Instructional Studio and the Persuasive Gaming Lab strategically along a planned route for prospective students and families touring the University to spark interest and engagement.
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