Marshall University, Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex
Huntington, West Virginia
Christopher Chivetta, PE, LEED AP BD+C (Principal-in-Charge); Jim Gabel, AIA, LEED AP (Project Manager); Mark Keane, AIA, LEED AP (Designer); Robert Neu, AIA, LEED AP (Project Architect); Nick Kattendtidt, LEED AP (Project Architect); Adrianne Bellew, LEED AP, NCIDQ (Interior Designer); CJ Follmer, LEED ASSOCIATED FIRMBastian & Harris ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$397.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio (Architectural Technician)
This four-story facility is organized to promote collaboration among the university’s six colleges and research corporations housed in the building.
Faculty offices are intermingled to increase communication among programs, and collaboration areas outside faculty offices are integrated with technology to promote student-faculty interaction.
The building includes an Advanced Material Testing Laboratory, one of only a handful in the nation. The two-and-a-half-foot-thick concrete floor is built to resist 50,000 pounds of force. The lab includes windows overlooking the room so that visitors can view the testing.
Other laboratory functions include traditional wet bench biological sciences, dry technology development laboratories and applied engineering laboratories. Engineering occupies more than 21,000 square feet of laboratory and support space; the College of Science and MURC occupy 13,000 square feet of space each; and safety laboratories, mathematics and computer sciences collectively occupy more than 15,000 square feet.
The project, which was awarded LEED Gold certification, uses sustainable features as teaching tools. Stormwater collected from roofs is used for teaching and research projects and is recycled as graywater for some of the building’s plumbing. A green roof on the third floor reduces the amount of stormwater discharge and provides an opportunity to study the ecological effects of stormwater and associated plantings.