SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
Photos by Bruce Damonte
“ . . . dramatic change . . . interior is really compelling . . . great intervention in a building that was not working really well . . . contributes a common space for people to stay and collaborate . . . ”
The project consolidates the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), previously in three off-campus spaces, into one convenient location in downtown Washington, DC, in a vacant, unusual 100,000-sf former television production studio. Windowless and primarily below grade, the existing space contained two double-height, 5,000-sf studios, two 2,500-sf studios, and had generous floor-to-floor heights. The primary goal of the project was to transform the space into a vertically connected campus with a true sense of place. SCS has successfully created a new urban node that addresses the unique needs of its students and faculty: convenience, services, industry connection, and community.