Schools & Universities

Wilbur Cross Reading Rooms - UCONN

Wilbur Cross Reading Rooms - UCONN

The reading rooms in the Wilbur Cross building were original to 1939. Even as the needs of students changed over the years there were only minimal upgrades to the facility. Finally, design planning began in 2016 to update this well-loved building. This project restored and refurbished the reading rooms to improve functionality, expand and enhance student study and work space, modernize and improve AV and IT capabilities, as well as address acoustical issues and long-term deferred maintenance needs. The scope of work included refurbished walls and ceilings, lighting and acoustical improvements, the removal of disused materials, and technology/AV improvements.

In attempting to achieve all of their modernization goals as well as embrace the grandeur of the original design the decision makers used Fellert acoustical plaster which allowed for the acoustical issues to be resolved while keeping in mind the historical nature of the area. The restored ceilings keep the din of students studying down while ensuring that the Wilbur Cross reading rooms will remain a pleasing landmark on the UConn campus for years to come.

Vagelos Education Center

Vagelos Education Center

Featured in the Architectural Magazine, Architectural Record, and winner of the 2016 Best of Design Award.

Design Strategies worked closely with the chief architect Diller Scofidio & Renfro to develop all the wood ceiling and wall systems in the building. Both absorptive and reflective panels used in varying angles meshed perfectly with curtain wall driven seams to enhance both performance and study space.

Washington University

Washington University

The challenge faced on the Washington University Project was to acoustically treat the ceiling without obscuring the view through the large glass ceiling. Newmat’s NewLight T8/Crystal membrane, with its patented micro-perforated technology, provided just the right amount of sound absorption to transform the space into a great gathering area and events room. The NewLight T8/Crystal membrane was stretched onto 245 custom-fabricated aluminum frames that were suspended approximately 6” below the glass and held in place with torsion springs. The suspended frames provided the right amount of airspace to achieve the desired acoustic results while also allowing easy removal for cleaning.