The new interdisciplinary facility brings team-based learning to the forefront of the university experience in chemistry and biology for students in elementary and secondary education. To test new curricula and pedagogies, unique learning environments incorporate both low and high technologies, including imaging and communications systems with sinks and movable tables.
The building houses 49 labs and supports a broad range of additional programs, including aerospace, agribusiness/agriculture, engineering technology, nursing, physics and astronomy, elementary education, wellness and exercise science, nutrition/food science, geology, and social work.
EYP led the Programming, Planning and Design of this facility as Special Design Consultant and Laboratory Planner for a Joint Venture Team of Thomas Miller Partners and Hastings Architectural Associates, Architects of Record.
- 257,000 GSF
- 49 labs
Variously scaled formal and informal spaces contribute to a facility that advances community as well as STEM education.Innovation Advancing Mission Interiors
Sustainable Design for Science Labs
The new Science Building is designed to exceed the Tennessee Sustainable Design Guidelines. Because of their laboratory fume hood systems, science facilities typically require a significantly greater amount of heating and cooling of make-up air than other academic buildings. In addition to a variety of energy-efficiency strategies and features, this building uses low-flow hoods with variable-air-valve applications to conserve energy by adjusting airflow according to hood usage. Waste energy from exhaust air is also captured and reused by energy recovery loops, further reducing building load.Energy Decisions Resource Efficiency