Integrated Science Facility

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

STEM Academic Innovation Higher Education

exterior view

This project will optimize two existing facilities and demolish a third to create space for a high-performance addition. The design utilizes a new atrium to unite the three structures, collocating departments and programs previously spread across five separate buildings into one leading-edge, interdisciplinary STEM community.

Transparent labs and classrooms will put science on display to engage students and encourage the kind of serendipitous conversations that lead to collaboration, discovery and innovation. A network of variously sized informal spaces for study and socializing activate the building, encouraging students to stay in the academic milieu after class hours and increasing opportunities for student-faculty dialogue.

Modernization is a cost-effective design strategy that allows yesterday’s buildings to perform at the highest possible levels for programmatic and energy efficiency, as well as occupant comfort and safety. To help the College meet its mandate of not increasing campus energy consumption through new construction or renovation projects, we incorporated energy modeling with NEO® in the earliest phase of the project to design a facility that will achieve a 41% decrease in overall energy consumption, despite a 33% increase in total square footage.

Building Facts

  • 119,000 GSF new
  • 117,000 GSF modernization
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cognitive Science & Psychology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Physics

Annual Energy Savings as Modeled

$124,814 Cost Savings
37 % Percentage Cost Savings
1,134,741 kWh Energy Savings
34 % Percentage Energy Savings

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