The new Living & Learning Residence Hall 6 contributes to the revitalization of the campus mall and sets a standard for future campus construction. With the project architecture responding directly to the deaf experience, the unique 5 story residence hall used DeafSpace design standards. The design-build project features an award winning geothermal HVAC system which operates from a remotely located geothermal well field. At the heart of the building is a dramatic and open communicating staircase; this 4 story element begins at the living spaces, and is directly integrated into the shared lounges on each floor. This unites the distinct floors through a design approach that maximizes possible visual and communication exchanges across the floors and between them. The entire 1st floor is dedicated to the learning portion of the program, and is designed to be an open, flowing continuous space adapting DeafSpace guidelines, orchestrating zones of movement and areas of repose. The main lobby is an open space connecting the 2 primary entries of the building along the east and west sides. The eastern portion of the lobby facing the mall is dedicated to a cafe introducing a social element into the primary circulation of the building, attracting residents and non-residents and creating a lively public presence on the campus mall. The residential areas of the project are located on floors 2 through 5.
Gallaudet University Living & Learning Residence Hall 6 is LEED® NC Silver certified.
AIA|DC Presidential Citation for Universal Design
NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence
Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards
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