The Physical Science Building is a multi-disciplinary graduate research building for the College of Sciences. It includes program space for the departments of biology, physics and chemistry. The three-story structure is an addition to the existing Oceanography & Physics Building, connecting to the atrium at the south end of ASSOCIATED FIRMHOK; The S/L/A/M CollaborativeCOST PER SQ FT$328.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio building.
The new wing houses the Nuclear & Particle Physics Research Facility; microprobe laboratory; atomic physics laser laboratories; environmental & analytical chemistry laboratory; bio-mechanics laboratory; Energy Research Center; and the benthic ecology laboratory, as well as a clean room and high-bay lab. The laboratories and MEP systems are designed to be modular and flexible to accommodate any future adaptive reuse for varying program requirements.
Because of the sensitive research in the laser labs, the structural frame had to be designed to resist human impact and mechanical equipment-generated vibration that could compromise the research. The MEP/FP systems are state-of-the-practice and are designed for the specific laboratory program requirements. The project team completed the building six months ahead of schedule.