Susquehanna University is a liberal-arts college in Selinsgrove, Pa., with an enrollment of about 2,200 students. The architect designed the new 81,000-square-foot science facility for the School of Natural and Social Sciences to provide a high-quality learning environment that fosters interdepartmental interaction, and collaborative student and COST PER SQ FT$318.52FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio research. Flexible spaces accommodate future growth and modifications.
The three-story building, which is the largest academic building on the campus, accommodates the biology, chemistry, research and environmental-sciences departments. It includes teaching and faculty research labs, computer labs, a rooftop greenhouse and lab support space.
The facility was designed to meet USGBC LEED certification criteria. Construction included the use of recycled materials and locally fabricated components, and mechanical systems that optimize energy performance. The new building also includes stormwater quality and quantity controls, and light-pollution-reduction initiatives.
The facility was designed to reduce water consumption by 30 percent by using low-flow fixtures and water-efficient landscaping, using masonry instead of grass and incorporating low-maintenance plants.
Daylight harvesting and room-level lighting occupancy controls provide maximum indoor comfort.