MarketPlace at Gallaudet University
BKP renovated five spaces located in the I. King Jordan Student Activities Center at Gallaudet University — the MarketPlace, a 1990’s era retail food service; the Rathskellar, a center of social gathering and informal seating area; Gender Inclusive Restrooms; Interfaith Sanctuary and the Student Kitchen —to cater to the current needs & expectations of the student body and community.
Being a world-renowned institute for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, Gallaudet has been a trailblazer in changing ways in which the architecture and the design industry engage with the needs of their community.
BKP incorporated DeafSpace Principles as well as Universal Design Principles, ADA regulations, and sustainable features to the new design —from materials for furniture making, solid color selections to providing sightlines, every detail is crafted for a multisensory experience. New millwork and layout ease queuing congestion while increasing the number of food options. New lighting and finishes bring to life the formerly dark space. Mirrors are mounted on the wall at the built-in bench to allow a visual connection with the surrounding area when seated facing the wall.
The new MarketPlace features exciting food options including brick oven pizza, dedicated Grab and Go, Global Fusion & Noodle Bar. Floor tiles with contrasting color & texture is incorporated to aid the specially abled students with way finding. Clear sightlines and solid colors minimalize visual distraction allowing for easy ASL communications.
Images © Jeffrey Totaro