Physical Sciences Building I is an integral part of the University of California—Riverside campus expansion. This state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research building provides 51,200 square feet of research laboratories; 6,750 square feet of laboratory support; 5,050 square feet of upper-division teaching labs and support; plus 9,100 square feet for ASSOCIATED FIRMWou & PartnersCOST PER SQ FT$316.21FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio offices, conference/seminar rooms and departmental administrative spaces.
The four-story building creates a U-shaped courtyard facing south onto Science Walk; the primary entrance fronts this major campus thoroughfare and addresses the courtyard. From the entry, the main stair connects the centrally situated faculty and administration offices on all four floors. Each floor contains research labs, which are programmed to accommodate activities in synthetic, hybrid and instrumental chemistry. Instructional labs and conference rooms are provided on the second floor.
The palette of materials for the building draws its inspiration from historical precedents on campus: wheat-colored Norman brick accented with limestone string and base courses. Exposures to the sun feature a matrix of aluminum sun-shading screens capped by a projecting eave.