Duquesne University, Bayer Learning Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne University’s Bayer Learning Center was designed to fill the needs of the Environmental and Natural Science programs, combining laboratories, classrooms and office space into one state-of-the-art facility.

The building’s basement houses an animal-research facility, with separate clean areas for surgery and veterinary care. The 200- and 300-seat lecture halls ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$154.55FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms the first floor are equipped for multimedia presentations. Classroom space throughout the building is fully networked, and is provided in a variety of configurations: amphitheater-style seating for the traditional professorial lecture; movable seating, to allow a class to assemble in small discussion groups; and seminar seating for interactive classes and one-on-one tutoring. Laboratory classrooms on the second and third floors are equipped with stainless-steel ductwork, and acid-waste systems, and gas, electric and plumbing to all lab benches.

The detailing of the lobby and the corridors on the first floor complements the collegiate Gothic architectural style of the original campus buildings, suggesting an extension of the exterior pedestrian walk and uniting the building with the rest of the campus.

Photographer: ©Mark P. Duane and ©Alexander Patho Photography