Texas Tech University, Experimental Sciences Building

Lubbock, Texas

The Experimental Sciences Building brings together a multidisciplinary research faculty and a state-of-the-art facility designed to encourage collaboration.

The project posed a unique challenge because it was not designed for any specific academic department. Therefore, lab and research spaces would have to be flexible, efficient and easily reconfigured; researchers ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMCO Architects (formerly Anshen + Allen Los Angeles)COST PER SQ FT$223.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLaboratories come from a variety of academic departments. Making good design decisions without a specific department’s input was critical in the quest of creating an effective facility for those who would be selected as occupants.

The decision to use the “open lab neighborhood” concept rather than individualized, private labs created another challenge. In an open lab concept, all spaces are shared—chemical fume hoods, wet benches, desk areas, as well as tissue culture rooms and other support spaces. Break rooms were placed on each floor outside of lab areas to encourage idea sharing in a casual setting.

A crop circle or crop pattern motif has been incorporated into inlays in the linoleum flooring, and is seen in some of the fabrics as well as the exterior design. Reminiscent of a west Texas landscape, these circular and square patterns symbolize a constant energy and the eternal quest for knowledge, both necessary ingredients for the enhancement of research.