R2i2

Columbia, SC

The 200,000 SF facility dedicated to educational innovation provides a leading-edge, multi-generational learning hub for the Sandhills community. R2i2 combines areas for community use, a student innovation center, district offices, a conference center, and a branch library. As a joint-use institution, the building offers educational spaces throughout to encourage engagement and collaboration.

The exterior conveys an industrial, high-tech appearance expressing the state-of-the art technology and programs offered inside. The main entry opens to a large central spine that separates the more public areas from the more secure areas of the building. With a 36’ high dividing wall with a continuous clerestory, the space is flooded with natural light. Various openings in the wall visually connect the learning spaces and frame views of learning activities from one area of the building to another.

The project was awarded the AIA SC Unbuilt Award in 2013