The High Bay Engineering Laboratory building is central to the main campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. It provides laboratory and teaching space for material science, space systems, aeronautics fabrication, rapid prototyping, astronautics fabrication and structural dynamics. In addition, supporting areas include a microscope lab, strong floor, machine shop, COST PER SQ FT$156.80FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio and faculty offices.
Distinguishing features include exposed, curved steel trusses and metal roofing, exposed integral colored concrete masonry, colored concrete floors and an angled concrete wall that bisects the building to unify the spaces and celebrate the main entries.
Durable materials are used throughout for easy maintenance. Energy efficiency was incorporated with features such as foamed masonry cells, R-30 roof deck insulation, thermal break windows, low-E glazing, low-flow toilet fixtures, an air economizer, high-efficiency light fixtures and occupancy sensors.
In anticipation of future growth and equipment upgrades, spaces were designed to be flexible with electrical, plumbing, mechanical and IT systems exposed throughout the labs and main areas. As a result, the building provides a visual lab for those desiring to explore the building systems, as well as the complex equipment within each lab.