The challenge was to design a high-profile laboratory building for $151 per square foot.
The primary goal was to accommodate the changing needs of researchers and include chemical engineering, electrical engineering, the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, and additional labs, offices and classrooms.
Situated at a major campus intersection and the entrance to COST PER SQ FT$151.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress engineering complex, the university wanted a gateway to provide the College of Engineering with a unique and progressive identity.
The university was concerned about crowding the intersection with a seven-story building. With a curved facade, the building gained a specific identity and receded from the intersection, leaving room for a meditation garden and a plaza overlooking the creek.
Clear glass “sky lobbies” add a design feature at the elevator lobby on each floor. North-facing elevator lobbies create a rest area with a spectacular panoramic view of the campus where researchers of different disciplines can visit.
Because of an emphasis on efficient planning, 58 percent of the floor area is usable.