The university’s goal for this project was to rejuvenate a tired 1960s science facility into a state-of-the-art laboratory sciences building. The challenges:
-Major remodeling/additions while remaining operational. The project remodeled 80,566 square feet of existing space and added 26,000 square feet. This was accomplished while classes were in session. Major COST PER SQ FT$113.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation and remodeling were accomplished by careful planning and phasing of work.
-Combining all science instruction. Flexible lab spaces were designed to meet the different science disciplines’ diverse needs. Careful planning phased the move in and consolidated the different science fields including biology, chemistry, physiology, earth science, physics and food science.
-Defining the entry. The original concrete building lacked an easily identifiable entry. The solution was a glass slot entry, which not only makes the entrance identifiable, but also provides dramatic meeting spaces.
-An interior extreme makeover. The existing facility was transformed from an “institutional”-quality space to a colorful student-oriented interior. This was accomplished through color, pattern, lighting and design detail.
The result is a student-oriented design, which provides the instructional and research facilities required to attract the best students to the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay.