Indiana University Purdue University—Fort Wayne (IPFW)’s new science building was conceived to provide teaching and research facilities for the physical and life sciences, and was sited to begin the development of a future academic quadrangle at the heart of campus.
The building accommodates a complex mix of program elements, including departmental offices; COST PER SQ FT$146.90FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio and teaching laboratories for geology, biology and chemistry; faculty research labs; computer classroom; 75-seat lecture room and a 125-seat lecture/demonstration room equipped with audiovisual teaching capabilities.
The building is organized vertically by department, and horizontally by size of space and type of use. The majority of offices and faculty research labs are located at the building perimeter to take advantage of natural light and the surrounding views. Teaching labs, lab support and storage areas are clustered at the building interior, which simplified the routing of fume-hood ducts through the building core. A figure-8 corridor layout is used on each floor to connect all rooms and reduce travel distance on floors.
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