Florida A&M University Gore Education Center
The University wanted to update this three-building complex to provide state-of-the-art teaching facilities for the College of Education, the Psychology Department, and the General Studies Department. Built in 1968 and renovated in 1988, the complex had life safety, accessibility and security deficiencies, outdated mechanical and electrical systems, and needed extensive modifications to the building envelope.
Beginning with an in-depth programming study of the needs of the affected departments, the renovation reorganized the circulation patterns within the 3 buildings to provide more intuitive wayfinding and to allow for light to come into formerly dark public corridors. Classrooms, labs, conference rooms, staff, department head and Dean’s offices, and meeting halls were completely renovated. Restrooms were remodeled and expanded. Videoconferencing rooms, computer labs, smart classrooms, and other highly-collaborative and computer-rich spaces were provided throughout the complex. Code deficiencies were corrected, and roofs, plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical systems were replaced.
A key design goal was to increase the amount of natural light coming into the formerly dark building. This not only met desired LEED requirements for both daylighting and energy reduction but also served to improve both student and faculty performance and learning.