The Hinman Research Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology flexibly served the schools of engineering and earth sciences as a classroom facility and as a center for full-scale research, experimentation, and prototyping. At its core is an open, 50-foot tall industrial high-bay shed, which is illuminated by rows of large clerestory windows above and flanked to the north and south by office and classroom wings.
As architects responsible for interior fit-out and renovation at the Hinman Research Building, our team had to perform the seemingly antithetical duties of both preservationist and interventionist. Vested interests required that the building be rehabilitated in keeping with the ideals the earlier school, in order that it serve as a pedagogical example. It was also required that this rehabilitation be brought up to current requirements as they pertain to current building codes addressing its structure, life safety, accessibility, acoustics, and lighting features. The task presented a unique methodological question: how can we build on the past while also building for the future? Unsatisfied with subservience, and facing rigorous programmatic, scheduling, and budgetary constraints, we leveraged updated code requirements
in tandem with the new program to inform sensitive interventions that tap into the building’s potential and expand the building’s functional æsthetic.
Practitioners of architectural judo, our team adapted well to always changing circumstances, redirecting already existing forces with elegance and economy: repurposing the attributes of the existing building to form new functional alliances, semantic readings, and inventive uses.
This project won a “Citation” in the 2011 P/A awards.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
My Role: Construction documentation and construction administration; promotional materials
Additional Credits: NADAAA Inc.
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