The North Engineering Research Center is the fourth and final piece of the University of Alabama Science and Engineering Complex providing approximately 207,000 net square feet of research and instructional laboratories, research support amenities, faculty offices, graduate student workstations, conference and meeting facilities, and collaboration spaces across three CAPACITY1,592COST PER SQ FT$282.00FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio and a basement.
Filled with natural light, the atrium connects the two-story lobbies (the south entrance from the commons and the entrance lobby from north campus), while also vertically connecting all three floors and the basement.
The design was focused on accommodating facilities for the “clean” engineering disciplines, with more than 51 separate research laboratories in support of the faculty working in five areas of ongoing materials research.
The complex system of supportive mechanical systems was housed within the framework of a strict classical architectural context, presenting a unique marriage of timelessness, flexible lab environments and cutting-edge research.
The design strives to leverage technology and transparency to enable building occupants the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the research and instrumentation being utilized and developed in the building.