The challenge posed to designers of this building was to create a modern science facility while reinforcing the traditional Collegiate Georgian exterior prevalent throughout the rest of the campus. The new Biology Building, clad with brick and cast stone with Doric columns and arched windows, complements the existing building situated in the main quadrangle while COST PER SQ FT$240.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio classroom and research technology throughout the interior of the building.
The new facility represents Phase I of the new Science Complex. The building includes teaching and research labs containing specialized features such as lecture halls equipped for multimedia and distance learning. Research needs also called for a rooftop greenhouse oriented to take full advantage of the sun.
A vital component of the design is the location of common areas, where faculty and students can meet in an informal setting, and where seminars and conferences can be held during the school year and intersessions.
Because the existing classroom building had to operate throughout construction, detailed construction phasing helped to maintain vital building services and provides “swing space” so that operations would not be disrupted.