Home for a new medical program at Florida Atlantic University, the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center is a four-story building that includes a medical-education suite. It consists of instructional and seminar spaces, exam rooms, offices, large classrooms, biomedical research labs, cold rooms, dark rooms, a gross-anatomy lab and a small BL-3 lab.
To create COST PER SQ FT$163.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio efficiency and flexibility while recognizing researchers’ desire for private space, the design combines large “open” shared labs and private “closed” labs, a unique feature of this project. Clerestory windows in all labs introduce natural light while maximizing vertical wall space for casework. All the labs have open ceilings, allowing mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems to be exposed and accessible to facilitate future changes with relative ease. The three-story atrium, framed in glass and structural-concrete fins, functions as a light-filled connection between the two wings, and encourages scientific collaboration between students and faculty.
Although the exterior material and colors reflect those predominant uses on campus, the design is distinct—a signature building for biomedical sciences.