The architect designed Institute Hall for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a "crossing path" of university activities, academic and research programs, and student movements across campus, that converge at the site. Institute Hall will provide space for RIT’s new chemical and biomedical engineering departments, and enhance ASSOCIATED FIRMBergmann Associates, Architect of RecordCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$282.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized university’s reputation for providing outstanding engineering education.
In addition to the chemical and biomedical engineering departments, the four-story research facility will house the chemistry department, wet research labs and facilities related to the RIT Rochester General Health System Alliance. It also will include classrooms and a small vivarium. A number of shared spaces will enhance the synergistic quality of the building’s departments, and specialized lab space will support their particular needs.
As an intersection of various programs, Institute Hall will define a new science quad and serve as the focal meeting point among several existing science and technology buildings.
The building's design inverts the Modernist style of the original campus. Most of the buildings are solid red-brick masses with dark glass, but Institute Hall has a transparent, glazed core that is wrapped in a red brick shell.