Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
A new design center connects a creative campus.
Architects & Firms
New York, New York
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center establishes a new 32,800-square-foot campus nexus for Parsons The New School for Design by uniting and radically reorganizing the street-level spaces of the school’s four buildings around a new urban quad. The center draws together the school’s creative programs in their active Greenwich Village context. New Fifth Avenue and West 13th Street entries connect internally for the first time under a glazed-roof, providing access to new galleries, archives, auditorium, orientation center, student critique zone, and seminar spaces.
The new 1,600-square-foot glazed-roof campus quad unifies circulation and brings together students and faculty from the school’s different design disciplines. Yellow poplar bark panels refer to traditionally planned campus environs, but the new addition is urban and improvised 90 years after the buildings were completed, a tactical appropriation of the liminal space between existing buildings. Stripped to expose their substantial concrete and steel structures, the existing building shells provide a raw and varied industrial context for the new, discretely articulated programmatic insertions.
Lyn Rice Architects worked as designers and planners to set up opportunities for the students to create an identity for the center through their work. Windowsills that previously formed a barrier between inside and out were removed. New frames were lowered and thickened to form a window lounge with interior and exterior seating. The window lounge also doubles as an exhibition zone for the display of student work, and encourages students and faculty to occupy the complex’s perimeter.
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Associate: Astrid Lipka AIA
Project manager: Kimberlae Saul AIA
Team leaders: Karl-Erik Larson & Anne-Rachel Schiffmann
Design team: Leif Halverson (SD project architect), Kai Hotson, Julie Torres Moscovitz, Pamela Torres, Erik Carver, Jonathan Garnett, Joanna Gulik
Associate principal: Denzil Gallagher
Project manager/electrical: Dennis Burton
Mechanical: Alan Jackson, Jing Song, Rebecca Welch
Structural: Stanley Wojnowski, Adrian Biltoft, J Cohen
Fire protection & plumbing: Valentin Antohi
Mark Heiman, COO
LYN RICE ARCHITECTS,
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Rendering: Rhino, Adobe CS2
Installation by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.
Interior Glazing: 3/4” thick low-iron laminated, tempered installed by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.
Insulated-panel or plastic glazing:
Metal doors:Canaan Distributors Corp.
Custom Pivot Wall: Steel frame with Forbo tackable surface fabricated/installed by Legere Group, Ltd.
Exit devices: Precision,Adams Rite, Von Duprin
Security devices: Honeywell,Pass&Seymour, HID Corporation, Sony,Siedle
Turnstiles: Smarter Security Systems:Fastlane Plus R400MA
Cabinet hardware: Hafele, Blum,McMaster Carr
Archive Lockers: Custom milled interlaced lockers by Legere Group, Ltd.
Paints and stains:
Slate Wall: Amadeus Marble and Granite Corp., Long Island City, NY.
Bamboo panels: Teragren caramelized vertical grain panels, milled (in Auditorium) and finished with color conversion varnish (at Orientation Room) and installed by Legere Group, Ltd
MDF Panels: Great Lakes MDF, Spectratech Color MDF, black, no finish, milled and installed by Legere Group, Ltd.
Elevator Mesh Enclosure: Expanded Aluminum Mesh, Mc Nichols, fabricated and installed by United Iron, Mount Vernon, NY.
Floor and wall tile:
Vinyl Flooring: Lonseal Lonfloor Plain
Interior Finish Concrete Floor:
Filing Cabinets: Bisley
Conference Chairs: Catifa narrow upholstered with fabric by Maharan. Distributed by Gordon International.
The New School Orientation: Catifa narrow, non-upholstered. Distributed by Gordon International.
Tables: Custom millwork: color-conversion varnish fabricated, finished and installed by Legere Group, Ltd.
High Density Storage: Spacesaver Mechanical Mobile Shelving System.
Lecterns: Custom stainless steel + bamboo lectern, manufactured and installed by Legere Group, Ltd.
SCJDC Signage: Let There Be Neon, New York
Digital Clock: Sunrise Systems Inc.,Pembroke, MA
Downlights: Xenon Retro Mini
Exterior: Bega Linear Uplights
Sink: custom stainless trough by Chef Restaurant Supply,
Lavatory: American Standard
Urinal: American Standard
Drinking Fountain: Haws Corporation