While the planning and design process
was driven by her vision for developing
a truly exceptional interdisciplinary and
collaborative environment in which to
conduct the highest levels of scientific research, the labs would have to be
conceived as somewhat generic spaces
that could be fine-tuned once each new
director was named by the university.
Flad knew the science but not the scientists, a circumstance that has gradually
changed since CUN Y began occupying
the building two years ago.
The long timeline associated with the
planning and design of large, sophisticated research buildings makes alterations more the rule than the exception.
By its nature, technology changes rapidly, and these types of projects are so
technically dependent that architects like
Flad who specialize in them have to keep
many areas of new buildings in a state
where they can continue to accommodate alterations without the necessity of
tearing everything apart.
For example, ASRC’s ground floor
imaging lab, which houses electron
microscopes, fMRI and NMR equipment, was designed around very specific
ASRC/CDI complex looking north. The landscaped Science Plaza between the five-story ASRC tower on the right and four-story CDI tower on the left is above the shared
ground floor. © 2015 Jeremy Bittermann/KPF
ASRC linear equipment room.