DLR Group’s Higher Education Studio Expands

DLR Group’s Higher Education studio continues to expand, with seven new design projects recently awarded to the firm. DLR Group secured design contracts for projects including new academic buildings, STEM facilities, residence hall renovations, student center transformations, performing and visual arts, and energy master plans in California, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, and Utah.

  • Antelope Valley College Career Technology Education Building, Lancaster, Calif. –          DLR Group is designing a new Career Technology Education facility for Antelope Valley College in Southern California. The 27,000 SF building will provide students with hands-on learning labs to gain the skills and knowledge they need in today's global workplace.
  • Brigham Young University Wilkinson Student Center Study, Provo, Utah - DLR Group is completing a study of the Wilkinson Student Center, a facility that was last renovated more than 20 years ago. The study examines existing features of the facility, including dining, seating and collaboration spaces, the BYU store, and a two-story interior terrace. Upon completion of the study DLR Group will make design recommendations to elevate the student experience.
  • College of New Jersey Travers Wolfe Residence Hall Renovation, Ewing Township, N.J. – DLR Group is providing campus engagement, visioning, planning, programing, and design review for the renovation of Travers Wolfe Residence Hall at the College of New Jersey. To define the project needs and final scope, DLR Group will lead a campus engagement process that includes individual student interviews and student focus groups. DLR Group is collaborating with Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site.
  • Florida Gateway College STEM Building, Lake City, Fla. – Florida Gateway College is planning a new two-story Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Building to relocate its existing program and accommodate additional students. DLR Group’s design for the new facility will create a modern learning environment with instructional spaces, labs, and collaboration areas that gives students the real-life training they need to enter the workforce or to pursue advanced studies at the University level.
  • Long Beach Community College District Integrated Energy Master Plan, Long Beach, Calif. – DLR Group was selected by Long Beach Community College District to develop an Integrated Energy and Sustainability Master Plan (IESMP) to provide a road map to achieve zero net energy District-wide as a response to the Governor’s Executive Order requiring Institutions that receive State funding to reach zero net energy for existing and new buildings by 2025. This plan will be fully integrated with the District’s Facilities Master Plan and inform the District’s construction project priorities. Additionally, the IESMP will address a number of conservation considerations beyond energy use to ensure that sustainability is addressed throughout a wide range of natural resources.
  • San Mateo Community College Social Sciences and Creative Arts Building, San Bruno, Calif. - The new 123,000 SF Skyline Building will replace an existing performing arts facility with a new, modern building that enhances the performing arts and social sciences programs for students attending San Mateo Community College. The building will house a 520-seat performing arts theater, 220-seat recital hall, black box theater, music rooms, ceramics facility, art gallery, design studios, and instructional and support spaces.           DLR Group is serving as Architect of Record and SnØhetta as Design Architect.
  • Texas State University Blanco Hall Renovation, San Marcos, Texas – DLR Group and Pfluger Architects have been selected to renovate the 200,000 SF residence hall situated on the western edge of Texas State University. The $18 million project includes new finishes for all student rooms, and new student lounges that provide additional study areas equipped with new technology and Wi-Fi for better student access. DLR Group will also design improvements to the resident administrative apartments and public restrooms, and upgrades to the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems resulting in significant energy savings.

DLR Group Designs Opening in 2017
In addition, DLR Group-designed facilities opened to students and faculty across the nation in 2017. Some of these include:

  • Daytona State College Beverage Science Academy, Daytona, Fla. - To address the growing micro-brewery industry in the state of Florida, Daytona State College commissioned         DLR Group to create a design that transformed a classroom and hospitality training suite into a new, real-world environment brewery lab and taproom teaching space. The large teaching space doubles as a taproom/bar at the front and a micro-brewery production lab at the back with a supporting milling room and a separate lab room for storing yeast and brewing ingredients. This open concept, from taproom to production area, promotes hands-on instruction from the Hospitality Program Chefs. The design also allows Daytona State to host tasting events and other small gatherings that promote their Hospitality program and new Beverage Science Academy.
  • Laramie County Community College Student Center (LCCC), Laramie, Wyo. – Until 2017, student service offerings were spread across the LCCC campus, causing challenges for students to access and utilize the amenities with ease. DLR Group’s design creates a centralized location that integrates all student services, including admissions, financial aid, advising, counseling, testing, a book store, bill payment, and career services. The design establishes a new and recognizable front door into the campus for students and visitors. The facility also features specialized instructional areas, such as online classrooms, science labs, and computer and technology spaces. A large multi-purpose area can be used for community events, large group instruction, and assemblies. DLR Group provided programming, conceptual design, architecture and interior design services in collaboration with Pappas & Pappas who served as architect of record.
  • Oberlin College Conservatory of Music Bibbins Hall Renovation, Oberlin, Ohio –             DLR Group's renovation design for Bibbins Hall re-imagines this campus icon and provides a fresh approach to music education. Bibbins Hall, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music’s main teaching building, opened in 1964 and has undergone a phased renovation beginning in 2012. In order to accommodate growth over the past five decades, the Conservatory needed additional space for a new recital and performance hall to enable excellent acoustic performances and isolation for ensemble recitals, serve as a multi-purpose daily-use classroom, and accommodate up to 65 occupants. The final phase included improvements to the Deans’ Suite, entry vestibules, mechanical systems, and technology upgrades.
  • Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus Expansion, Santa Monica, Calif. –         DLR Group's design for the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus East Wing provides much needed performance and rehearsal space to elevate the arts curriculum on this urban campus. The 20,000 SF structure comprises three primary use spaces: the 4,550 SF music hall on the first floor which opens up to the plaza for overflow space or outdoor performances; the 1,840 SF rehearsal room on the third floor; and the 1,660 SF music lab on the third floor. The second floor serves as a mezzanine and provides abundant storage space. DLR Group designed the performance and rehearsal spaces using angled interior glazing and operable drapery for enhanced acoustics.
  • Southeastern Community College Industrial Technologies Training Center, Keokuk, Iowa - The new Industrial Technologies Training Center on Southeastern Community College's Keokuk campus provides students with state-of-the-art labs for mechanical and electrical technology training. The 19,000 SF facility, which features a welding lab, computer lab, classrooms, student social spaces, and a new campus maintenance garage, expands industry opportunities requiring a highly qualified workforce in southeast Iowa. Students earn credentials as they complete individual components of the program, ranging from certificates in mechanical or electronics technologies, a one-year diploma, and a two-year specialized associate of applied sciences degree.
  • University of Northern Iowa Schindler Education Center Renovation, Cedar Falls, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa sought to update its 1970s facility - the largest teaching college in Iowa - into an environment that educates future teachers to inspire and prepare learners to live in an ever-changing, globalized world. DLR Group’s design fosters and promotes creativity, collaboration, and communication by incorporating technology throughout the 150,480 SF building and providing several breakout areas with readily configurable furniture that enables students to quickly congregate. Informal learning spaces are carved out of corridors and main thoroughfares, creating nodes where students can work together in small groups or individually. The first and second floors are connected by a series of open stairways that encourage greater interaction between the high-traffic student commons area and the more formal faculty areas. DLR Group provided architecture, interior design, mechanical and electrical engineering in conjunction with Stantec.
  • Valencia College School of Arts and Entertainment Building, Orlando, Fla. - Nationally recognized for its film and entertainment programs, Valencia College elevated educational opportunities with a new School of Arts and Entertainment Building on the College's East Campus. The 30,705 SF state-of-the-art facility accommodates increased enrollment in the popular Film Technology, Music and Sound Technology, and Digital Media programs and prepares students for future production careers. DLR Group’s design provides blended learning spaces through a 2,500 SF sound stage, a film screening theater with 120 seats, two recording studios, editing suites for film and music editing, and a digital media production studio. Located near premier film production centers, including Universal Studios and Disney’s MGM Studios, the facility allows connections to local industry partners for additional hands-on learning opportunities.

DLR Group Adds Design and Planning Expertise
DLR Group’s Higher Education studio also welcomed two new experts in 2017. Stuart Rothenberger, AIA, LEED AP, joined the firm in the role of Global Higher Education Sector Leader. Rothenberger collaborates with DLR Group Higher Education design and planning experts to grow the firm’s practice. Under his leadership, the Higher Education Studio is poised to deliver innovative design solutions that meet the current and future needs of college and university clients. Rothenberger has served higher education clients exclusively for the past 30 years. He has established himself as an award-winning expert in the programming, planning, and design of facilities that elevate learning, living, teaching, and working at higher education institutions.

College and University planning expert Krisan Osterby joined DLR Group to lead the firm’s Campus Planning Group. Her expertise spans a variety of planning services, including campus master plans, strategic facilities plans, landscape master plans, and redevelopment studies. Osterby has more than 30 years of experience in the planning and design of campuses domestically and internationally. She is skilled at building consensus among diverse stakeholders and has built a reputation for her collaborative, data-driven approach that results in successful implementation and memorable experiences for all users.