Poulin + Morris (New York) developed the environmental graphics, donor recognition and wayfinding sign program for Vassar College's new Integrated Science Center.
Vassar (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) recently opened the 157,000-sq.-ft. center, which is comprised of both new and renovated buildings and features the newly constructed Bridge building, which serves as a link to all the science facilities on campus. The 82,000-sq.-ft., LEED-Silver certified Bridge features the latest scientific equipment and resources for students and faculty including several research labs and a fabrication facility.
Poulin + Morris worked closely with the college to develop a comprehensive environmental graphics, donor recognition, and wayfinding sign program for the Center. The program includes building, public space, laboratory, lounge, and classroom identification, as well as directional, informational and regulatory signs.
An architecturally integrated donor recognition wall in the Bridge building's main lobby features vertical panels displaying individual donor names. The panels align with the wooden slats of a 16-ft.-long wall, while their varying dimensions and alternating placement on the wall create a compelling textural effect. In other parts of the center, dimensional letterforms display additional donor names, while water-jet cut, stenciled aluminum panels provide room identification.