This 14,000 square foot, state-of-the-art digital learning center is the new national headquarters for the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative, a non-profit whose mission is to provide technology and computer science training to students, facilitators, classroom teachers and community members in schools across the country. The organization will use its new facility to expand training and professional development in high-end technology such as computer coding, GIS and GPS, 3D animation, computer aided drafting, audio and video, 3D printing, and augmented reality, and will ultimately become a resource for the larger community.
From concept to keys-in-hand, the new headquarters was completed in just 5 months. The building formerly functioned as an extremely compartmentalized insurance claims office, but EAST’s modern tech-office conversion consists of much more open and flexible interior spaces. The new structure has strong connections to the site and ample programmatic spaces to meet the organization’s current and future needs. Key nodes of travel through the space are voided with transparencies, allowing teachers and facilitators to easily monitor all activities, while simultaneously providing a collaborative atmosphere. Laboratories are back dropped with intense colors that provide a constant flash of energy and inspiration that fuels EAST’s unique self-driven environment.