The Engineering and Computational Sciences (E&CS) Building is the computational instructional and research focal point for Old Dominion University, and serves as the “gateway” for ongoing initiatives with private-sector organizations and sponsors. This facility brings together previously dispersed departments and services, including the Department of COST PER SQ FT$143.65FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the primary operations of the Office of Computing and Communications Services (OCCS), as well as the university’s supercomputer center.
E&CS is a four-story building; the organizing principle is based on a structural bay that is 24 feet wide and has an overall building depth of 667 feet. This provides for maximum flexibility by placing the offices on the exterior wall with research labs in the center and either a single- or double-loaded corridor.
The building footprint was organized on an east-west axis as much as the site would allow. This brings gentle northern light, and controls southern and western light through sunscreens, light shelves and low-e glass. The offices have a transom or side light to allow natural light into the corridors.
The two lab wings are joined by a curved glass facade and stair tower that identifies the facility’s entrance. The two-story lobby houses a 6-foot by 8-foot video display wall that provides the medium for faculty and graduate students to present their research to the student body and general public. The fourth floor has a translucent clerestory structure that provides diffused daylight throughout the open office layout, decreasing daytime lighting requirements.
This project was identified as a prime candidate for improved environmental and economic performance using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System as a guide for high-performance design.
“Old Dominion University is committed to the ideals of sustainable development and has taken a leadership role in environmentally responsible campus development,” says Robert Fenning, vice president for administration and finance. “The university recently updated its master plan to accommodate significant increases in both enrollment and sponsored research. Given our limited campus land area, we recognized the importance of increasing the density of development and sustainable design.”
E&CS is the first LEED-certified higher-education facility in Virginia.