Sheila Johnson Design Center

Lobby The 25,000-square-foot Sheila Johnson Design Center is a thoroughly modern facility housed in a building that recalls the college's historic dairy barn. The silhouette of the former dairy barn is now framed in steel and glass to capture the ideal northern light. Designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Perkins Eastman, the building is home to the architectural studies and design program and serves as a dynamic new entrance to the Morrisville campus.

Green features have been incorporated throughout, down to the water-based finish on the wood. The building has been given LEED (Leadership in Energy and the Environmental Design) "Certified" certification, which means it's an environmentally sustainable center from the materials from which it is made, and materials, methods used to construct it, and the systems that heat and cool it. Sustainable elements include low VOC-(Volatile Organic Compound) emitting interior paints and finishes, and Energy Star 50-year certified architectural shingles on the roof.

Stairs Less visible cutting-edge sustainable elements incorporated in its design are geothermal heat pump wells for heating and cooling, energy efficient user-controlled lighting, indoor air quality monitoring, insulated low E glass with argon filling at the north end to increase insulation, and low energy consumption and energy-efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) controls.

The commanding building welcomes visitors with a dramatic vaulted and double-height entrance atrium and a gallery that displays students' work. Alluring elements include dramatic arches, interlocking spaces and a double-height studio, a mezzanine-level critique space suspended above the second floor, and a computer lab, and spaces that envelop students in vast space and light.

A wood shop where students build small-scale models of buildings and fabricate projects for class, and a digital production and photo area equipped with universal laser cutter are cutting-edge elements that further add to the 21st century charm of the environment.

Map view of the Sheila Johnson Design Center


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