Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners
How can we design a building that inspires students to dream? This chargeâ€” articulated by the dean of the countryâ€™s largest foreign service programâ€” guided the design team for this new building on theÂ American University campus. Â Serving as a symbol of the schoolâ€™s tradition of global service, the anticipated LEED Gold certified building provides a vibrant setting for teaching, research and public dialogue.Architects: William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans|Architects /> Location: Washington DC, USA /> Design Mechanical Engineer: Taylor Engineering /> Mechanical Engineer of Record: GHT Limited /> Structural Engineer: McMullan Associates /> Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates /> Civil Engineer: Delon Hampton & Associates /> LEED Consultant: Sustainable Design Consulting /> Fire Code and Suppression Consultant: PEG /> General Contractor: Whiting-Turner /> Client: American University /> Project Area: 75,000 sqf /> Photographs: Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners
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Design strategies, including on-site generation of renewable energy, Cradle to Cradle material specifications, and abundant fresh air and daylight, were developed and prioritized in close collaboration with the Schoolâ€™s students, faculty and staff to serve as pedagogical tools capable of demonstrating the highest degrees of environmental responsibility.
The sunlit atrium provides a welcome meeting place for the School and its visitors as they work towards social justice, the eradication of poverty, and world peace. Global connections are celebrated on the building exterior as well, where the pattern of the perforated frieze is inspired by the Buckminster Fullerâ€™s Dymaxion map of the world.