Our design puts science and sustainability on display in an inviting "town square" surrounded by state-of-the-art laboratories that support teaching and research in Biochemistry, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The atrium, Science Café, and numerous study and social spaces constitute a learning commons that is heavily used by both students and faculty.
The LEED Gold design incorporates a wide range of sustainable features. A portion of the building’s energy use is offset by photovoltaics mounted on the roof as well as solar thermal systems that provide a portion of the domestic hot water. Renewable sources account for at least 35 percent of the building’s energy via a geothermal heat pump fed by 10 vertical wells as well as a renewable energy contract.
Highly specialized spaces include the Aerogel Lab, a joint venture between Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry, and the Phasor Lab, a one-of-a-kind acoustics lab that is a joint venture between the Electrical Engineering and Music departments. A curved façade echoes the colonnades framing the iconic Nott Memorial at the campus’s center.
This design creates an inviting "town square" surrounded by teaching and research laboratories for Biochemistry, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Computer Engineering. Transparency of building system performance, visual connectivity, and a deliberate display of learning help to encourage curiosity and engagement on multiple levels.
Students and faculty are using the energy saving technologies in this building as a teaching laboratory for experimentation and further innovation.
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