University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Strong Hall Science Laboratory Facility

Knoxville, Tennessee

  • FIRM

    The Lewis Group Architects


    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • AREA

    268,000 sq.ft.





The new Science Laboratory Facility at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is an eight-level building constructed on the site of the Strong Hall Dormitory and Cowan Cottage. The architectural design is consistent with the Collegiate Gothic style evident across campus.
The exterior envelope of the facility is a logical composition of rusticated stone, brick veneer, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSLAM CollaborativeCOST PER SQ FT$425.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress limestone panels, and clay tile roof. These exterior finishes continue into the interior environment in the form of gently rusticated walls and column bases, smooth porcelain tile wall panels, and dimensional limestone wall tile with accents of glass mosaics.
Additional interior finishes embellish the scientific theory of tectonic plates, the movement of the Earth’s layers within the lithospheres. The monumental stairs are formed by rich brown terrazzo and metal railings. The carpeted floors are designed with plank tiles that represent the progression of rock formations in the lithospheres. Other materials and patterns throughout the interior are indicative of modern gothic interpretations.
The meshing of scientific theory and architectural history produce an exciting and functional new academic structure on campus.