The new $165,000,000 Science Center project is 240,000 SF and houses a program area of 130,000 SF that consists of new teaching and research facilities for the Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology departments, along with shared resources including a science library, lecture halls, classrooms, support spaces, conference rooms and social spaces. Departmental spaces will include both teaching and research labs, as well as instructional areas, ofﬁces, etc. The new facility is designed to accommodate future and future adaptability of the building for new or modiﬁed uses as academic science and research programs evolve.
The new facility is cutting edge, both in architectural design and mechanical/electrical systems. Designed to achieve the highest levels of sustainability, the building has been built deep into a hill with terraced levels of green roofs and deep overhangs for solar control. Active interior and exterior shading systems are employed for solar control and daylighting optimization to supplement ﬁxed exterior shading devices. A large central atrium is naturally ventilated through the use of automatically operable windows and mechanically assisted by the atrium smoke exhaust fans. The atrium also serves as a return air path to deliver non-contaminated air to the main laboratory air handling units for re-use.
The building includes many sophisticated features from a mechanical and electrical system perspective, including chilled beams in all laboratory spaces, radiant ceiling panels in ofﬁces and classrooms, displacement ventilation in all non-lab areas, radiant heating/cooling ﬂoor system in the atrium area, a high efﬁciency glycol run-around system, daylight dimming capability in all areas with natural light, and a storm water recycling system.
Designed for maximum sustainability, the design team developed sophisticated solutions. The resulting innovations set the stage for the Science Center to preform at an unparalleled level of energy efficiency.