Hinman Building Renovation for the College of Architecture

From Buzzpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Rendering of Hinman Research Building

Due to the expansion of the College of Architecture, Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building (HRB), located at UNIQ4cc027c536be12b3-geo-00000000-QINU. is being renovated to include office, research, and studio space for the College of Architecture. The project is scheduled to be completed by January 12, 2011

Contents

History of the Hinman Building

Architecture

HRB Through History

The Hinman Building was constructed in 1939[1]. The building was constructed by Mion Construction Company of Atlanta for a cost of $70,350. It was designed by Bush-Brown, Gailey and Heffernan. [2]The leaders of both firms were, at one point in time, the chairs of Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture. [3] The Hinman Research Building was the first work of modern architecture on Georgia Tech’s campus. A similar style was repeated in the Architecture East Building, also designed by the same parties, completed in 1952. Important features of the building include its use of brick, concrete, steel, and other metals. Also, the building’s High Bay balcony and wings are formally significant.


Use

The building was constructed to house the Georgia Tech Engineering Experiment Station (EES), founded in 1934[4]. It was the first research facility built on the Georgia Tech campus. Over the years, studies in “transportation, road building, drainage, irrigation, flood protection, aeronautics, aerodynamics, fuels, lighting, heating, refrigeration, ventilation, sanitation, architecture” has occurred in this building as well as chemical, textile, food, and electronic research. [5]For a more specific list of research view http://www.coa.gatech.edu/news/renovation-will-preserve-integrity-hinman-research-building

The Renovation

Expansion of the College of Architecture

In recent years the Georgia Tech College of Architecture has experienced a steady rise in enrollment due to the increased quality educational opportunities within the college. To quantify this growth, it is recorded that over the past seven years, the college has experienced a fifty percent increase in enrollment [6] , and is ranked among the best in the nation. Unfortunately, the current spaces reserved for the students of the college are not sufficient considering this growth in enrollment. In response to the question of space distribution, College of Architecture Associate Dean Doug Allen stated that “[i]n fact, the College is ranked last among twenty-one comparable peer universities in square footage of instructional space per student.” Currently, the average student in the College of Architecture has 45 feet of space compared to the suggested minimum of 75 feet of space according to benchmarking studies. The new renovation seeks to provide the College with much-needed office, research, and studio space.

Changes as a Result of Renovation

The new renovation seeks to preserve the rich history of the Hinman building, yet to provide a contemporary design solution for the College of Architecture. Basic repairs will be done to the roof, masonry, and windows. [7]Once these historic features are preserved changes to lighting levels, finishes, power and data distribution, HVAC systems, and furniture layout can be made; these changes provide an easy way to repurpose the space while reemphasizing the building’s historic characteristics. To repurpose the existing space, demolition of selected non-structural elements will occur. After this demolition a stage of repair will occur, the remaining space will be redistributed to allow for new office, research, and studio space. [8]Also, data and communications technologies will be updated. There is also the possibility of the addition of a new elevator. In the renovation process, special attention will be paid to the mathematical relationships. Some of these dimensional relationships will be altered, while others preserved to maintain the historical integrity of the building. Still others will be repurposed. For example, the service trenches in the floor of the High Bay of the original Hinman Research Building are no longer relevant to the renewed purpose of the space; however, the relationships established by this historic feature will be used as a reference point for new forms such as added floors. [9]The lack of sufficient studio space will be addressed by the addition of 14,500 square feet of studio and instructional space. In addition, 3,700 square feet of office space and 6,620 square feet of research space will be added. [10]Special attention will be paid to the materials used in the renovation process. While some of the historic materials will be maintained, the use of steel and other metals will be used to update the original design.

The Designers

The rehabilitation will be designed by the award-wining Atlanta architectural firm Lord Aeck & Sargent[11]. The firm is located at 1201 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 300 Atlanta, GA. Lord Aeck & Sargent also has locations in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina[12] . The firm specializes in responsive, technological, sustainable, adaptive, and historical preservation design. [13] Considering these qualities, the firm was an obvious choice for the renovation of the Hinman Research Building.

The Grand Opening

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for January 12, 2011. The ceremony will last several hours, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and entrance is free of charge. Visitors will be able to experience the design process first hand; members of both the design and construction teams will be present to guide guests through the building and describe the work they’ve completed. Also an exhibition will be on display describing the new technologies available in the newly-renovated space.

References

  1. School of City and Regional Planning News + Events.Renovation will Preserve Integrity of Hinman Research Building. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  2. Hinman Building.HINMAN BUILDING RENOVATION IN THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  3. Hinman Building.HINMAN BUILDING RENOVATION IN THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  4. School of City and Regional Planning News + Events.Renovation will Preserve Integrity of Hinman Research Building. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  5. School of City and Regional Planning News + Events.Renovation will Preserve Integrity of Hinman Research Building. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  6. Hinman Building.HINMAN BUILDING RENOVATION IN THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  7. School of City and Regional Planning News + Events.Renovation will Preserve Integrity of Hinman Research Building. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  8. School of City and Regional Planning News + Events.Renovation will Preserve Integrity of Hinman Research Building. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  9. School of City and Regional Planning News + Events.Renovation will Preserve Integrity of Hinman Research Building. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  10. Hinman Building.HINMAN BUILDING RENOVATION IN THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  11. School of City and Regional Planning News + Events.Renovation will Preserve Integrity of Hinman Research Building. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.development.gatech.edu/capital-projects/hinman.php
  12. Lord Aeck & Sargent.Contact. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.lordaecksargent.com/
  13. Lord Aeck & Sargent.Expertise. Retrieved December 13, 2010 from http://www.lordaecksargent.com/
Personal tools