Seeking to reflect both continuity and change, the building features an “Emory-based language” of tile roofs, stucco walls and stone detailing among a collection of Mediterranean and Georgian Buildings.
The 150,000-square-foot, six-level building provides teaching and research space for the departments of mathematics, physics, computer science and COST PER SQ FT$204.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio sciences. The facility includes a 3,000-square-foot “virtual sciences library,” a 40-seat distance-learning classroom, a 60-person planetarium and a 20-person observatory. The virtual sciences library adds technology, staff and reference support for the physical-science community. The distance-learning classroom allows users to originate video and audio conferences. The observatory houses a two-meter Cassegrain telescope. The 60-seat planetarium is designed to function as an AV-equipped classroom and an astronomy-teaching laboratory.
The project is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The building serves as a living laboratory for sustainable design, and incorporates design features such as natural lighting, rainwater harvesting and sustainable building materials into science teaching programs.