Michigan State University (MSU) wanted a new landmark building for research that would enhance the College of Nursing’s (CON) image and identity in order to recruit and retain highly qualified faculty and students.
The addition houses the CON’s Academic Center and Research Center. The Academic Center includes a COST PER SQ FT$246.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized classroom, faculty/staff workstations, student support services, external relations, interdisciplinary meeting/community gathering spaces and conference rooms. The Research Center features dedicated space for research faculty and staff offices/workstations, doctoral student workstations, meeting/interview rooms, and spaces that facilitate collaboration and scholarly activity.
Rather than extending the campus steam/chilled-water systems, the university selected a geothermal system—the first on MSU’s campus—for heating/cooling because of lower initial costs and significantly lower annual energy costs. Situated beneath an existing intramural sports field, the system provides snow-melt properties for the building’s entry points and sidewalks.
The three-story structure of sparkling green glass and buff masonry provides a glittering presence and new face for the CON. Daylighting via continuous curtainwall glazing captures desirable north light.