Accommodated Testing Center at the University of Pennsylvania
The need for accommodated testing has increased exponentially as colleges and universities diversify their student bodies. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, today’s students require specific and tailored accommodations for equitable test taking. BKP architects designed accommodated testing center to meet a range of accommodation needs while destigmatizing the concept of accommodations on the basis of disability.
BKP designed a spatial intervention aiming to make a testing center inclusive of the needs of all students, including the specially-abled. Along with the University of Pennsylvania, BKP renovated this 3,000 square-feet space with an eye towards Universal Design, equipped with two soundproofed private rooms, a lounge for waiting as well as studying and one large room with distraction reducing carrels.
Rows of non-fluorescent lighting along with white noise machines and sound masking throughout the space aids in allowing better focus and concentration on quizzes and exams. Insulated interior glazing allows for visual connection and monitoring of test spaces while reducing noise infiltration. Finishes were selected in calming colors that enhance the bright and modern space.
University of Pennsylvania
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