Queens University of Charlotte, Rogers Science and Health Building

Charlotte, North Carolina

Situated on the historic campus of Queens University of Charlotte, the Rogers Science and Health Building provides an environment that enables students to not only study science, but also live science.

The state-of-the-art, three-story building incorporates subtle design features that create a scientific exploration throughout the space, such as ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY575COST PER SQ FT$272.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio DNA-inspired handrail, the use of reclaimed wood and an oculus in the dome that continuously changes the interior environment. Interior glass walls define the majority of the classrooms and labs, enabling sciences to be “on display” for those visiting the building. Visitors and students also are immersed in science during their journey of the outside of the building, which includes detailing such as visible collection of rainwater and harvesting of solar power, a rooftop greenhouse, an herbarium and a “green wall” featuring native plants.

Much attention also was given to the building’s relation to the surrounding, historic neighborhood. The placement and scale of the building were approached as a logical extension and balance of the campus master plan. The building shapes the edge of campus and leaves a powerful message for all who pass. Masonry cast-stone panels strategically spaced to encourage exploration spell “Non ministrari” (“Not to be served”) and “Sed ministrare” (“But to serve”), a reminder developed by the students and faculty that they are not here only for themselves, but should be ever mindful of their responsibility to serve others and the environment.