Originally built in 1916, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) campus was past its usefulness and required an extensive renovation. GSC Architects designed the renovation crucial to the connectivity of the campus, blending generations of unique buildings into a cohesive visual language. The campus design was integrated into the learning curriculum, building visual effectiveness or color combinations, exaggerating interior color contrasts and applying strategic locations of visual boundaries such as dark flooring surfaces which allowed students to identify changes in spatial composition. The use of bright and contrasting colors aid the students in discerning shapes and patterns. With the use of wayfinding cues such as permeable concrete at sidewalk intersections and color-coded fabric panels, “Main Street” was created, acting as the main thoroughfare for students navigating through campus. The intersection of the fabric walkways, known as the Quad, has become a welcoming shaded gathering area for all occasions.
The campus remained fully occupied during construction. GSC Architects modernized the interiors to embody 21st century learning style design, expanded the fine arts spaces, and renovated a multitude of athletic facilities, including the gymnasium, natatorium, outdoor track and even a bowling alley, allowing the student community to expand to all areas of the campus. Current GSC projects on campus include the renovation of numerous dormitory buildings and the new transportation center.
Client: Texas Facilities Commission
Size: Stage I: 1288,083 SF and growing
Planning/Programming, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Furniture Selection, Equipment Selection, Construction Administration
Awards: 2011 Austin Business Journal’s Best in Real Estate – Best Government Project
Photographer: Impressive Spaces