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TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING REHABILITATION OF A FORMER GYMNASIUM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

To support it’s technology-oriented mission, Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota needed a new “smart” lecture hall, but funding was not available to build a new facility. While Koch Hazard Architects worked with the University on overall campus planning issues, an exciting concept emerged: Insert the needed 200+ seat technology instruction lecture hall into a historic gymnasium space on campus.

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TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

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Upper floor gymnasium (circa 1970)


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

New technology classroom facilities have been integrated into the old Performing Arts Center facility, also known as the original Women’s Gym constructed in 1910. The historic women’s gymnasium building was being used for the music and theater departments and they were moving to a more modern facility shared with the City of Madison. The original 2nd floor gymnasium space had been converted to theater practice space with wood platform seating, salvaged chairs, and a makeshift stage. All of the existing arched windows were covered over with stud wall construction and the interior was painted black.

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TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

Rather than building permanent seating within the former gymnasium space, a flexible riser-style seating system was designed to allow the space to change as technology and instruction methods evolve over time. This also allowed much of the character of the original space to be retained. Its integration of current technologies into all curriculum areas and its historic building stock are defining characteristics of the DSU campus, so the introduction of an advanced technology infrastructure into a facility dating to the early years of the campus is particularly appropriate here. The resulting contrasts highlight both the technology and the historic structure. The future is represented within the framework of the past.


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

An assessment was performed with the DSU senior staff to identify the need for an additional classroom and lecture hall space with full distance learning capability and the latest in technology to accommodate the significant growth at Dakota State University. DSU is one of six public universities in South Dakota. It’s mission is primarily the teaching of technology. The original large upper floor gymnasium space has been rehabilitated for use as a lecture hall and portions of the suspended former running track overlooking the gym have been converted to offices and a new computer lab.


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

The main level provides two large distance learning / e-learning classrooms and an instructional conference room for student, faculty and community uses as well as offices for the distance education department. Advanced computer labs, a production studio and conferencing facilities round out the program. An elevator and second stair were carefully and unobtrusively inserted within the existing footprint.


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

Historic roof and window replacement round out the preservation and adaptive reuse program and re-establishes the building as a campus landmark with a new mission. The photo at left shows the conditions before improvements.

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TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

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TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

The exterior was restored to its original appearance by removing infill from various existing openings, filling in openings that were made after the building was constructed (photo at left), replacing windows, restoring and stabilizing masonry, and re-roofing.


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

Today, the building is an important anchor at the west entrance to the campus commons.


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DSU Campus Master Plan

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DSU Landscaping Master Plan (proposed)


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

1.) Governor’s Electronic Classroom 2.) Star School Project Classroom 3.) Vestibule 4.) Dakota Digital Network Classroom 5.) Distance Education Reception 6.) Distance Education Office 7.) Men 8.) Women 9.) Tech. Coordination / Equip. Storage 10.) Mechanical / Custodian

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TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

1.) Lecture Hall 2.) Production Studio 3.) Data Communication 4.) Elevator Equipment 5.) Office 6.) Computer Lab

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1.) Open Office Development 2.) Student / Faculty Workspace 3.) Technology Fellow 4.) Audio Lab

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TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA


TECHNOLOGY CLASSROOM BUILDING DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA

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Technology Classroom Building  

New Technology Classroom Facilities at Dakota State University have been integrated into the old Performing Arts Center facility, also known...

Technology Classroom Building  

New Technology Classroom Facilities at Dakota State University have been integrated into the old Performing Arts Center facility, also known...

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