“The Eckhardt Center design team is working to craft the facades, materials, joinery and structure of the building to be as finely detailed as the scientific research that will unfold within its walls. There’s nothing extraneous. It all fits together in an understandable, logical and beautiful way.”
The building will house engineering-based research labs and support space for the physical sciences division’s applied and theoretical research programs, including the university’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering.
“The new building will help to build stronger institutes and departments because of the enhanced interconnectivity and new facilities,” said Stephan Meyer, professor in astronomy and astrophysics, in an article on the university’s website. “Not only will we have modern laboratory space with good connection to faculty and research offices, the new building will provide well thought-out space for meetings, seminars and informal collaboration.”
The science program includes approximately 11,000 square feet of clean room space and 8,000 net square feet of related imaging, synthesis, SIMS and optical labs, as well as other space for biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology research.
Sustainable design strategies include a highly efficient HVAC system, extensive daylighting, occupancy sensors and use of local, recycled and low-VOC materials. The university expects that the chilled beams and heat recovery systems will save an estimated $240,000 in annual energy costs.
LEED Gold anticipated
265,000 sq. ft. / 24,600 sq. m.