Iowa School for the Deaf
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Design for Deaf Space shaped the architecture for the Science Center at the Iowa School for the Deaf. Hearing challenged students use visual cues as a primary means of communication so spatial arrangement reinforcing visual interaction, and enhanced lighting and color are key components of the design on both functional and aesthetic levels. The 7000 SF Science Center houses science classrooms, laboratories, and lab support spaces for all grade levels in a space completely accessible by the disabled. Learning areas incorporate smart board technology enhancing visual presentation and stimulation. Even the corridor space becomes a lab by integrating a 25 meter metric grid into the floor finish for horizontal movement experimentation.