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Sited directly northwest of Cass Gilbert’s historic 1905 State Capitol Building, the new Minnesota Senate Building has been designed to respond to Majority Leader Senator Bakks’ vision for “a landmark in its own right, architecturally distinctive and worthy of the twenty-first century.” Its design purposefully facilitates greater interaction and communication with the citizens of Minnesota.
Arcing along the radius of the Capitol’s dome, the building’s massing gently curves to maximize views back to the Capitol. At nearly five-stories with approximately two levels of below-grade parking across its sloped site, the building is considered an extension of the Capitol with offices and support space for state senators and their staff, three large public hearing rooms, and several departments supporting the legislative process. Glass facades along its southern exposure allow for the optimal use of daylight throughout the building to create an enriching, productive workplace.
Located on the campus of SCSU, the new Strong 21st Century Communications Lab School is a New Haven Public School for 490 Pre-K through 4th grade students. It will serve SCSU’s School of Education as a “laboratory school” for students preparing to be teachers. The design captures daylight and views to create positive learning environments; embraces the forest to engage students with nature; respects its neighborhood; and synergizes with SCSU.
The three-story brick-clad building embraces an open courtyard. The main portion contains the entrance, administration, and primary classrooms. The two eastern wings with the special classrooms define the open courtyard and play areas. At the heart of the building, the Cafetorium and Gymnasium offer visual connections to the courtyard, the main entry and classroom corridors.
The massing provides all classrooms with exposure to natural light and scenic views. The courtyard’s southeast orientation allows it to be sunlit throughout the day. The Farnham Avenue façade is respectful of the SCSU campus material palette, with color and wood accents for the young students. The building’s east side is composed of more playful sculptural volumes.
The design for the Case Library and Center for Information Technology wraps the existing facility with new construction and renovates the old interior using best-in-class standards for both library and information technology, and introducing open, light-filled workspaces.
The Office of Emergency Preparedness envisioned ER One to be the nation’s first medical facility designed to cope with the results of large-scale catastrophes, including acts of biological or chemical terrorism.
The expansion of Emory University Hospital Midtown more than doubles the size of one of the Southeast’s largest and most prominent hospitals.