Academic

September 8, 2016

APUS IT Center

Adding to the campus at American Public University, the IT Center tells the story of how technology has developed throughRead more →

January 28, 2016

Patterson Hall

Once a 19-room boarding house, the historic Patterson Building has been renovated to create Patterson Hall for the University SystemRead more →

December 5, 2013

APUS Finance Center

American Public University Finance Center The renovation of an existing warehouse, located next to the University’s Academic Center, into aRead more →

December 5, 2013

APUS Academic Center

Certified LEED Gold, this 45,000 square foot, four story administration building houses the University’s Admissions Department and was the firstRead more →

December 5, 2013

Lucy School

The Lucy School is a 7,000 square foot “state of the art” facility showcasing the latest in green design; includingRead more →

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APUS IT Center

Adding to the campus at American Public University, the IT Center tells the story of how technology has developed through architectural details. Starting at the exterior of this former warehouse, located behind the University’s Finance Center, this 40,000 square foot building has windows arranged in a Morse Code pattern. Upon entering the two story structure, one is greeted at the lobby reception area with lights reminiscent of Orion’s belt, a copy of the Voyager Record in the desk, and wood walls that contain an Arecibo message, similar to the one first broadcast into space. Also on the first floor is a large multi-purpose room with binary code etched into the glass. The building also features an observatory dome and telescope for the school’s science departments. The dome and telescope are fully automated, allowing remote control for professors and students studying the stars. The building is in review for a LEED Silver rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Patterson Hall

Once a 19-room boarding house, the historic Patterson Building has been renovated to create Patterson Hall for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH). This is the first student housing project in downtown Hagerstown and was created through a public/private partnership between a local developer, the City of Hagerstown, and USMH. The new residence hall is comprised of four-two bedroom apartments within walking distance of USMH. Each apartment has a full kitchen, living area, washer/dryer, and private bathrooms for each student. The renovation offered many challenges, as the existing floors were collapsing and all the framing needed reinforcement to meet current design standards.

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APUS Finance Center

American Public University Finance Center

The renovation of an existing warehouse, located next to the University’s Academic Center, into a 90,000 square foot administration building for the Finance Department of the American Public University System.  The Finance Center is three stories, with the second story open along the perimeter for increased natural lighting.  A centrally located circular atrium houses skylights that bring natural light into the interior of the building.  A large multi-purpose room located on the ground floor is designed for campus wide meetings and events.  The third floor features an elaborate meeting space for board meetings and special events.

Sustainable features include:

  • Materials with high recycled content
  • Regionally sourced materials
  • Large windows for natural lighting
  • High efficiency variable refrigerant HVAC system
  • Re-use of an existing brownfield
  • High SRI (solar reflective index) roofing
  • Low VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and carpets
  • Photovoltaic solar panels on a canopy structure over the parking lot
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APUS Academic Center

Certified LEED Gold, this 45,000 square foot, four story administration building houses the University’s Admissions Department and was the first new building the University constructed in Charles Town.  In keeping with the historic nature of downtown Charles Town, APUS desired a building in harmony with its surroundings and the University’s tradition of renovating historic buildings elsewhere in town.  The building features managers’ offices around the central core of the building with open offices around the perimeter to maximize natural lighting.  The ground floor houses the university’s library featuring a large collection of military reference books.

Sustainable features include:

  • Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof
  • Large windows for natural lighting
  • High efficiency variable refrigerant HVAC system
  • Re-use of an existing brownfield
  • High SRI (solar reflective index) roofing
  • Low VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and carpets
  • Materials with high recycled content
  • Regionally sourced materials
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Lucy School

The Lucy School is a 7,000 square foot “state of the art” facility showcasing the latest in green design; including photo voltaic solar panels, rainwater collection, natural lighting, and ground source heat pumps.  The school has four classrooms, an art room, and open classroom space for multipurpose events.  In 2011, the school became the first LEED Platinum Certified School in the State of Maryland achieving 10 credits more than were required for the Platinum rating.

Sustainable features include:

  • Low VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and carpets
  • Rapidly renewable materials – cotton insulation, bamboo and cork flooring
  • FSC certified lumber
  • Reused materials – reclaimed heavy timber and decking/framing
  • 50% reduction in CO2 emissions from concrete
  • 15,000 Kilowatt solar array
  • High SRI (solar reflective index) roof material and paving
  • Waterless urinals
  • Reuse of rainwater to flush toilets
  • Natural lighting
  • Materials with high recycled content
  • Diverted 75% of construction material from landfill through recycling program
  • Rain gardens
  • Sedum green roofing