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Design Profile: Benchmark School Innovation Lab

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc.
SHop Architects
SHop Architects

The Benchmark School Innovation Lab, also referred to as a makerspace or FabLab, is an educational facility optimized for the use of new tools and technology to enrich project development and academic lessons, such as 3D modeling, visualization, and fabrication. The Innovation Lab is conceived of as a tool to promote inspiration, foster creativity, support collaborative approaches, and enable problem-solving through trial, failure, and success.

An undulating, custom fabricated wood slat ceiling and exterior metal cladding exemplify the ideals of such design processes through the use of technology to innovatively and economically customize everyday building materials in a dynamic manner.

Project: Innovation Lab

Location: Media, PA

Client: Benchmark School

Project Size: 5,500 sf

Project Team:
CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. (Architect-of-Record and Planner)

SHoP Architects (Design Architect)

Orndof and Associates (Structural Engineer)

Bruce Brooks and Associates (MEP Engineer)

Photos: SHop Architects

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