Heidelberg College hired the design team to evaluate its two existing science buildings, which were in dire need of improvement. Labs and offices were in confined spaces—some with no windows or natural light. Building systems did not hold up to the laboratory functions, and spaces did not support contemporary teaching and learning methods.
An addition was designed CAPACITY220COST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio the south side of the building to house the biology, chemistry and water-quality departments. The three-story addition was designed to have state-of-the-art research and teaching labs. The laboratories are wired as smart classrooms for more versatility in learning, and the higher floor-to-floor heights support the ventilation systems of the labs.
The three-story atrium is the living room of the building. It encourages collaboration among departments, as well as interaction among faculty, staff and students. The full glass wall on the north side of the atrium allows users of the lounge spaces to look out over the center of campus and provides natural light to the center of the building.