Ballinger’s design for the interiors of Science + Engineering Hall at George Washington University received a Merit Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at Wednesday’s Design Awards Gala. The annual event, held at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, celebrates architecture, architects and advocates of the field.

Spanning a full city block, the 750,000 SF Science + Engineering Hall (SEH) is the largest academic building of its kind in Washington, DC and the first new major laboratory building on the campus in over 50 years. The building brings together research and teaching spaces previously spread across a dozen buildings, and nearly doubles the space on campus available to a variety of science and engineering programs. Located between the Foggy Bottom Metro station and the Campus Quad, the SEH serves as a civic passageway for the University.

The building is organized around a central common space – the Hub – which horizontally and vertically connects research and teaching neighborhoods, internal garden atria, social interaction spaces, and the building’s iconic teaching tower. The teaching tower hangs above the Hub, physically and symbolically uniting the upper floors into a singular public space. The neutral interior palette is accented with bursts of color that further energize the space and assist in wayfinding.