The STEAMquadThe STEAMquad provides a building and landscape that is integral to hands-on education and innovation towards a more sustainable future. Each classroom is designed as a module integrating STEM disciplines into critical theme based subjects of water, energy, materials, food, health and more—all tied together by a glass atrium that acts as both a collaborative learning space and central spine for circulation.This image was modeled using Autodesk REVIT 2016 and edited using Adobe Photoshop software.
The intent of the STEAMQuad was to create a campus “quad” for community use of the school while transforming STEM education. The quadrangle that is defined with the building includes gardens for fruits and vegetables, rain gardens and a constructed wetland, as well as outdoor project learning spaces.This image was modeled and rendered using Rhino 5, V-Ray, and Adobe Photoshop software.
Classrooms are no longer dedicated to Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Art, but to their integration for comprehension and innovation to secure our energy future, secure water for all, secure food for all, helping people stay healthy, to material and technological innovations for quality of life and sustainability. Rooftops become learning spaces for solar electric, solar thermal and food production as well as a host of technology projects.These drawings were created using Autodesk 2017 and Adobe Photoshop software.
While the classrooms are fitted out to address diverse global challenges, their underlying construction is flexible and modular for economy. The shared and flexible structure, mechanical, lighting and power infrastructures for each classroom were designed to support the range of project based learning subjects – water, energy, health, food, materials, ecology, technology, invention.This image was modeled and rendered using Rhino 5, V-Ray, and Adobe Photoshop software.
The buildings systems are exposed to link structure and skeletal systems, HVAC and circulatory systems, water and digestive systems. They are then monitored and modifiable within each classroom unit for discovery and invention to take advantage of every passive strategy viable in the Pittsburgh climate.These diagrams were modeled and rendered using Rhino 5, V-Ray, and Adobe Photoshop software.
The STEAMquad is designed for keeping students physically active and providing extensive fresh air, views and daylight. The daylit and passively conditioned spine houses project spaces and two "irresistible” helix stairs. Terraces and outdoor spaces form a fitness trail to encourage students to be active as part of the wellness curriculum. Each classroom module is designed to promote visual, thermal, respiratory and acoustic comfort for an effective learning environment: operable windows and efficient mechanical ventilation (DOAS) deliver sufficient outdoor air through a raised floor and return outdoors with Energy Recovery to ensure high air quality; and, daylight provides natural light to 77.2% of all occupied spaces (within 15 feet of a window).This drawing was created and rendered using Autodesk Revit 2017 and Adobe Photoshop software.
The soaring spaces in the spine shaped from a true human spine house irresistible stairs, collaboration stations, as well as hands-on demonstration spaces of learning modules from each of the adjacent classrooms in a naturally conditioned buffer space.This image was modeled and rendered using Rhino 5, V-Ray, and Adobe Photoshop
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