Bowdoin College

Roux Center for the Environment
Bowdoin Roux Center - External Shot via Bowdoin College Facebook Page

SUMMARY

The new Roux Center for the Environment is the home to the Environmental Studies program at Bowdoin College and will support faculty, students and research across all the environmental disciplines. The Center was designed from the bottom up to facilitate a new way of teaching, learning and scholarship for this unique interdisciplinary program. The 3-story 29,000 sf academic building consists of classrooms, teaching labs, research labs, faculty offices, conference rooms and common spaces. At the front of the building is a glassed-in auditorium space called “The Lantern,” reflecting the fact that the Roux Center is designed to be a welcoming space for performances, community forums, social gatherings, and talks in addition to teaching and research.

Vantage worked with the Cambridge Seven (C7A) project team, campus technology leaders and pedagogical team to apply the vision for the Roux Center into a clear and exciting concept for the technology in the space. We proposed a range of solutions for consideration to support the teaching, research and scholarship goals of the college. In addition, we developed a briefing document that defined the technology system requirements, implications and estimated budgets to help the team make informed cost/benefit decisions.

During design development, we provided architectural and engineering design support and preliminary systems designs and coordinated with other disciplines for placement of low voltage wiring, AV-related devices and speakers, and other IT equipment. In the construction documents phase, we worked closely with C7A and the rest of the project team to produce bid drawings and specifications for the supply and installation of all structured cabling, infrastructure and technology systems.

BENEFITS

  • Collaborated with the project team and campus leaders to develop a vision of how technology could be used in the building to support teaching and research
  • Implemented an audio-over-IP solution to reduce the amount of cable and infrastructure
  • Designed a solution to hide the projector, screen and AV components in The Lantern and have it drop from the ceiling only when needed

SERVICES

  • Infrastructure Design
  • Programming
  • System Design

TECHNOLOGIES

  • Audiovisual
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Other Low Voltage
  • Security
  • Videoconference
  • Wireless Network
  • Client: Bowdoin College
  • Location: Brunswick, Maine
  • Project Type: Academic Building
  • Architect: Cambridge Seven Architects
  • Size: 29,000 square feet