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Integrating Science Education at a First-Tier Research University

University of South Florida Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
Tampa, Florida, USA

“I just wanted to reiterate my high level of satisfaction with HOK. Their unfailing patience and attention to our stated needs, and follow-up with us as the end users has made the whole process a pleasure. I was on the search committee that chose HOK for this project and I can definitely say that they have met our high expectations.”

Pritish Mukherjee, PhD
Professor of Physics, University of South Florida

The University of South Florida wanted its new Interdisciplinary Sciences Building to provide modern teaching labs and help it attract and keep faculty and researchers.

HOK helped USF adjust its master plan to accommodate a large, interdisciplinary facility. Our science and technology architects designed the building to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching with labs that support the university’s physics, chemistry and biology programs while creating shared core facilities.

In addition to labs, classrooms, office space, study areas and shell space, the facility includes two 300-seat lecture halls, a bio-nano research lab, an imaging center and a nuclear magnetic resonance facility.

The building supports multidisciplinary research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and includes the BITT Center of Excellence, life science thrust initiative and functional multi-scale materials by design thrust initiative. It also accommodates the recently federally funded Center for Integrated Functional Materials in the physics department.

The team was able to include an atrium space in the design without losing any program space or adding to the project cost.




238,500 sq. ft. / 22,160 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Laboratory Design
Laboratory Planning
Laboratory Programming
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning


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