Our George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health was featured in Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Architectural Products illustrating how the design of the building promotes occupants’ health, well-being and desire for community.
Winner of two top AIA awards, the new home of the Milken Institute School of Public Health has become a landmark of sorts on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The building’s wedge-shaped site offers a gateway position to the school’s Foggy Bottom campus and architects from Boston-based Payette, along with local associate firm Ayers Saint Gross, made the most of that location, with a glassy façade facing out toward an adjacent city park.
But it’s in how the building’s interior reflects the school’s border philosophy of the teaching and practice of public health that its real innovation lies – a fact noted by judges of the 2017 AIA Awards for Interior Architecture. Through a creative rethinking of how academic buildings are typically organized and broad attention to occupants’ health, well-being and desire for community, designers might have created a new paradigm for this market. And, as a winner of a 2017 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten award, the LEED Platinum building also reflects real respect for the broader D.C. community, as well.