RCG is currently designing renovations to Dorchester Hall, originally constructed in 1959, a 168-bed dormitory located in the historic core of University of Maryland’s College Park Campus. The 35,436 GSF four-story Georgian building is comprised of residential bedrooms (a mixture of singles, doubles and triples), community bathrooms, staff apartment, lounges on the upper three floors. The ground floor contains bedroom and bathrooms along with laundry, building kitchen, staff offices, lounges, seminar rooms and mechanical/building service spaces. The scope of the renovation is the installation of a totally new HVAC and building mechanical systems, completely new bathrooms and plumbing, new electrical system and service, new LED lighting, reconfiguration of areas to accommodate new study rooms and other expanded program areas, new exterior windows, new building finishes and other building improvements described herein. The reconfigured Dorchester Hall will accommodate 141 beds and provide an energy-efficient and attractive residence for UMCP while protecting the historic character of this district of College Park’s campus.
RCG Architects recently completed a programming, concept design and feasibility study for the University of Washington School of Nursing in collaboration with Integrus Architecture. The UW School of Nursing is internationally recognized for its excellence in teaching and research and is regularly ranked as one of the top three schools of nursing in the United States. RCG facilitated a visioning session with the SON faculty and administration to define the school mission and objectives for the next decade resulting in a detailed space program. RCG then developed a conceptual plan for major renovations to their existing building. The plan proposes a major new entrance that gives the SON an identity on campus commensurate with its stature as a leading school of nursing. A proposed new monumental stair connects the four levels that the SON occupies in the building and serves to bring daylight deeper into the building footprint. The plan groups the faculty together on a single level, provides much needed lounges and study space for students and dedicates the entire top level to a state-of-the-art simulation center.
Construction is underway for a new addition and renovations to the University of Akron School of Law programmed and designed by RCG in collaboration with Braun & Steidl Architects. The new addition provides an iconographic image for the school and contains a ceremonial moot court and two case study classrooms on the upper level. The adjacent building is being totally re-clad and renovated to create a new entrance and central commons atrium accessed from a newly created landscaped courtyard which was formerly the building’s loading dock area. The entire existing building is being renovated to create modern teaching, learning and work areas. The library is being completely reconfigured to adapt to the changing role libraries play in the law school of the 21st Century.
RCG Architects is currently working with GULC on programming and design of the modernization of nearly all their lecture halls (11) and main auditorium located in McDonough Hall, originally constructed in 1970. These projects will result in complete renovation with re-configured teaching areas, new architectural finishes included all new seating and modern audio-visual systems. This work is in addition to other ongoing projects at GULC to upgrade and modernize administrative offices, clinics, student areas and portions of the library. Construction was recently completed on Phase Two renovations, also designed by RCG, of Gewirz Hall, a twelve-story residence hall of 154 apartment-style units with seminar rooms, lounges and study rooms atop an underground parking garage.
RCG is pleased to announce it has received the Award for Excellence in Cultural/Institutional Design for the Russian Lounge at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, completed in collaboration with Sergey Skuratov of Moscow, Russia, from the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA.