Cater-Mattil Hall Renovation, College Station, Texas
4Size: 22,000 sf
4Project team: FKP Architects (
ar-chitect/lab designer); Ramirez-Simon
Engineering (MEP Engineer); ASA
Dally (civil/structural engineer); VWR
International (lab furniture); Eslick Design Associates (Graphics/Wayfinding).
4Description: Texas A&M Univ.
( TAMU) AgriLife Research acquired
the Cater-Mattil building from another TAMU program in summer 2013.
AgriLife administrators approached the Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science
(DNFS) about consolidating their faculty and staff in the building, since it already housed some faculty and labs there. DNFS administrators gladly agreed
to relocate all departmental offices and labs out of a neighboring facility and
into Cater-Mattil Hall.
DNFS wanted to fast-track the design and construction since their inherited labs were only temporary and recruits were already scheduled to come
in mid-summer. TAMU hired FKP Architects in August 2013, programming
started in September 2013, TAMU approved the design in November 2013,
construction started later that month and users moved in June 23, 2014. FKP
collaborated with TAMU to renovate about 80% of the Cater-Mattil Hall
while keeping four labs operational on the second floor. The first floor and
most of the second floor was completely renovated, creating a lobby and fresh
new visual identity and branding for the growing department. Features include new: flexible lab space, large conference room with movable wall, lounge
and collaboration spaces, student work space, shared equipment room and
cold rooms, faculty and administration offices and student services area.
4Completion date: June 14, 2014
4Contact: Cynthia Walston, Senior Principal, FKP Architects,
4Budget: $106.5 million
4Size: 244,300 sf
4Project team: ZGF Architects LLP (design architect); OPN Architects
Inc. (architect-of-record); Stahl Construction (GC); The Weitz Company (CM); Research Facilities Design (lab planner); Affiliated Engineers
Inc. (mechanical/electrical engineer); Charles Saul Engineering (
structural engineer); Snyder and Associates (civil engineer); Conservation
Design Forum (landscape architect); Stecker Harmsen (cost consulting).
4Description: Designed by ZGF Architects LLP, in association with
OPN Architects, the 244,300-sf Biorenewables Complex showcases Iowa
State Univ.’s (ISU) commitment to cutting-edge energy research and
sustainability. The complex was designed to support interdisciplinary
research and teaching; to promote the campus’s biorenewable and agricultural education and outreach activities; and to serve as a model for
sustainability. Transparent design—both inside and out—puts research
on display and helps to facilitate interactive discovery and learning. Built
in two phases, connected by a central atrium, the facility consists of
three distinct building wings.
Phase 1—the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL)—was
completed in 2010. The BRL houses the biorenewables program which
is dedicated to investigating “biorenewables” such as switch grass,
soybeans and corn to create chemicals, fuel, materials and energy. The
building integrates teaching and research labs, support spaces, meeting
areas and offices. The second phase included two additional buildings—
Elings Hall and Sukup Hall—which provide a new home for ISU’s top
ranked Dept. of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). Elings
Hall supports technology-ready classrooms, student services and space
for faculty and graduate students, while Sukup Hall houses research
and teaching labs for investigation of machine, water and bio systems,
animal production, manufacturing and safety. High-bay labs on the
first floor have large garage doors that open directly onto a service yard
providing access for the large scale equipment, as well as housing a rain-
fall simulator. Phase 2 provides more than 100,000 sf of research labs,
classrooms, student spaces and offices to support ISU’s state-of-the-art
learning and innovation environment.
4Completion date: Phase 1 – September 2010, Phase 2 – July 2014
4Contact: Miesha Swensen, ZGF Architects LLP, Miesha.
Image: ZGF Architects LLP
Image: FKP Architects