Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Detroit, Michigan

When preliminary estimates for the design of this facility came in at $15 million over budget, the architects were selected to provide a scope optimization and value-engineering analysis. The team reprogrammed and redesigned the new construction.

The site is at the southern edge of a large medical campus. The six-story building is divided into two parts: a linear ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMHDR Architecture, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$189.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio slab on the city side and a laboratory block adjacent to the campus. A linear circulation spine ties the two components together. A cross-axis is established with major entries to the city and campus by a two-story “main street.”

Labs, meeting spaces and associated offices are housed in the upper three floors. The lower three floors house classrooms, laboratories, an auditorium, the student commons and vending cafe, offices, and the college’s library and museum.