FSU Earth Ocean Atmospheric Science Building

Tallahassee, Florida


Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


EOAS Department, Florida State University


143,390 sq.ft.

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In 2013, the Florida State University departments of geology, oceanography, and meteorology were combined into one department_ the Earth Ocean Atmospheric Science Department_ and FSU sought to create a dynamic new building to serve as home base for collaborative teaching and research. The architects were charged with developing academic space, teaching labs, and research labs aimed at attracting new students and developing new science with “collision-inspired” interactions. The architect responded with an efficient, no-space-wasted plan that envisioned the department’s activities interacting and evolving much like the changes that happen at the boundaries between earth’s air, water, and ground. The design incorporates four teaching labs, 16 computational labs, and 19 wet labs in open modules. Faculty researchers’ offices are close to labs and interspersed with student and open lounge areas to promote active conversation and learning. Incongruous research activities were managed with zoning and appropriate adjacencies. The building is a high-rise concrete and masonry structure with a brick north elevation and shaded southern curtain wall. Mechanical systems employ chilled beams and enthalpy wheel technology for energy efficiency.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Mannington
Brick/Masonry by Acme Brick
Brick/Masonry by Florida Tile
Cabinets by Nycom
Cabinets by Kewaunee Scientific
Ceilings by USG
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by Schlage
Doors by Eggers
Doors by Steelcraft
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Roofing by Siplast
Roofing by Ludowici
Windows by Graham Architectural Products
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by KI
Locks by Best Access Systems
Classroom Furniture by KI
Lounge Furniture by Integra Seating
Office Furniture by Steelcase
Office Furniture by Herman Miller
Science Furniture by KI
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
HVAC Units by Temtrol
HVAC Control Devices by Siemens Building Technologies
ADA/Compliance Equipment by Besam Entrance Solutions
Draperies/Blinds by Draper
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
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