Northern Michigan University, Luther West Science Building & Glenn T. Seaborg Science Complex

Marquette, Michigan

  • FIRM

    TMP Architecture


    Northern Michigan University

  • AREA

    270,370 sq.ft.



The Glenn T. Seaborg Science Complex integrates science teaching and research programs in a new science facility with those in the renovated Luther West Science facility. This fundamental objective—to provide a seamless educational experience in undergraduate sciences—created the need to design spaces that promote the concept of an interdisciplinary science community ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMThe Stubbins AssociatesCAPACITY2,825COST PER SQ FT$141.74FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress than 10 independent academic programs.

The new science building is located northwest of the existing Luther West Science building and forms the western edge of a newly defined campus quadrangle. The three-story building is connected on all levels of the existing facility. The sloping site affords an opportunity to continue the two-story height and massing already established by existing buildings fronting onto the new quadrangle, and to locate the primary building entry on the second floor or mid-level of the new building.

Vertical circulation occurs via the open stairway, located in the stepped, three-story atrium that serves as the functional and emotional heart of the science complex. Lounges are placed on all levels and are warmed by natural daylight through clerestory windows above.

The renovation of the 1966 Luther West Science Building accommodates lab and classroom facilities, large lecture halls, teaching and research greenhouse facilities, a new public entry and faculty offices.