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21 November 2015

HOK’s Washington Studio Renovates Local Fab Lab

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As part of the HOK 24 / SIXTY community service initiative, designers from HOK’s Washington, D.C., office provided pro bono design services for the renovation of a community fabrication lab.

Fab Lab DC is a nonprofit, freestanding fabrication laboratory open to all Washington residents. By providing hands-on learning opportunities, the organization seeks to spark innovation, collaboration and problem solving, and further science, technology, engineering, art and mat (STEAM) education.

This summer, Fab Lab DC was awarded a grant from Chevron to expand existing facilities. HOK’s Washington office provided pro-bono architectural and graphic design services to enhance programming at the organization’s North Capitol Street location.

HOK’s team suggested design improvements to the space layout, exterior facade and interior lighting. Volunteers also created an accurate diagram of existing space that will help with the planning of future programs and developed branding concepts to support Fab Lab DC’s future fundraising and grant application efforts.

The community lab and workshop provides a range of education programs for all ages, with a focus on middle school-aged girls. By supporting the efforts to educate young people in the STEAM fields, the renovation project helps to prepare the next generation of architecture, engineering and design professionals.

The new HOK 24 / SIXTY report illustrates the firm’s commitment to making a difference. View it on Issuu.