Wayne State University – State Hall Fourth Floor Renovation
The 4th floor of State Hall has been transformed into an innovative learning environment where students and faculty can explore creative ways of learning and collaborating. The floor contains four large active learning environments, breakout rooms, seminar rooms, and three smaller active learning environments. The spaces incorporate a variety of seating configurations and technologies. The floor is flexible enough to enable the evolution of the space to implement new pedagogies, research on learning, and technologies. The renovation included energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, sustainable materials, and water saving plumbing fixtures.
Major fire safety improvements included a new fire alarm system and bringing fire suppression into the building.
The 4th floor presented a major coordination challenge with its reinforced concrete structure that had typical beams at less than 8’ above the finished floor. The design team coordinated the AV, fire suppression, HVAC, and plumbing systems to minimize the visual impact in the learning environment.