Lake Superior College, Health
and Science Center
; Budget: $14,000,000
; Size: 34,000 sf
; Project team: Ross Barney Architects,
Chicago (design architect); LHB Engineers
and Architects, Duluth, Minn. (architect
of record, MEP/civil/structural engineer,
landscape architect); Shaw-Lindquist (GC).
; Description: The new addition to the single building campus of Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minn., provides future-oriented facilities for the Health and Science programs while consolidating the widely dispersed areas into this building. Growing out of the bedrock, the building
adds 34,000 sf and remodels 5,500 sf of the existing 307,970-sf facility on the main campus.
The new building combines student-centered teaching labs and open lab space on campus
for health, nursing and science programs. Hands-on learning is provided through simulation
labs with adjacent lecture classrooms for the allied health sciences, including nursing, medical
assistants and radiology. Labs and classrooms for the sciences, including Earth, chemistry and
physics, are located at the other end of the classroom wing. Adjacent instructional and lab classrooms provide maximum flexibility. The vacated spaces within the existing facility provide
opportunities to address the shortage of general classrooms and general-use/support spaces.
The Health and Science Center, a LEED Silver building, is constructed on the hill behind
the main building. A glass-enclosed walkway connects the existing building on the main
circulation, second level. This location for the addition achieves several goals: campus expansion to the north as proposed in the master plan; protects Miller Creek and provides visibility
for this program on campus. The new addition capitalizes on the natural site and the views
toward the St. Louis River and Lake Superior.
; Contact: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mount Sinai Hess Center for Science
; Size: 420,000 sf
; Project team: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
(architect/structural engineer); Jaros Baum
and Bolles (MEP engineer); Langan Engineering (civil engineer); Jacobs Consultancy (lab
planner); Perkins Eastman (associate architect
clinical floors 3 and 4); Lend Lease (
; Description: Conceived as a place of discovery and healing, the Hess Center is a translational research building shaped by its dual
mission and thematically linked program.
Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the
420,000-sf building unites scientists, clinicians and educators, fostering interaction and
Standing 11 stories, the Center engages
Madison Avenue with a grand urban gesture—a four-story lobby/atrium with treelined terraces and a cafe. In addition to providing a welcoming environment, the atrium
is home to the cancer clinical waiting areas,
which are suspended in its upper reaches.
Above the atrium, a sky-lit aperture with a
folded stair connects a diverse community of
researchers specializing in cancer, genomics,
neurology, cardiology and children’s health.
The exterior expression of the Center builds
upon Mount Sinai’s existing architectural
vocabulary and firmly establishes the new
facility as an integrated campus building.
Directed by the institution to create a “quiet
and dignified” structure, the design team
utilized the predominant campus brick and
punch-window aesthetic to tie the Center to
its context. The size of the perforations in
the masonry volume is varied—expressing
the diversity of the program within and the
transparency of the ground floor engages
the street—expanding the public realm. The
LEED Silver facility also features a state-of-
the-art Imaging Center, Radiation Therapy
Center and a Conferencing and Education
; Completion date: January 2013
; Contact: Scott Habjan, AIA, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, email@example.com
Energy Sciences Building, Argonne
; Budget: $65,000,000
; Size: 158,000 sf
; Project Team: HDR Architecture Inc., Chicago (architect/lab planner/interior designer/
structural engineer/landscape architect); HDR
Architecture Inc., Alexandria, Vir. (MEP engineer); Mackie Consultants LLC, Rosemont, Ill.
(civil engineer); Jacobs Engineering – Jacobs
Project Management, Pasadena, Calif. (CM);
Clark Construction Group, Chicago (GC).
; Decription: The new Energy Sciences Building ushers in the transformation of Argonne
National Laboratory’s campus to an interdisciplinary and sustainable campus; with its north
entrance façade a new face for science. Its design ushers in a change to a pedestrian-focused
campus: The road outside will be closed to
vehicles, and new links connect other buildings
around a new energy sciences quadrangle. A
“sky-gate” at the end of the building anchors
the central pedestrian path through campus.
The new architectural vocabulary celebrates
the transdisciplinary science. The use of
bronze-colored metal panels relates in hue to
the existing campus brick, while the contemporary articulation of the façade is designed to be
transparent, revealing activity in the labs inside.
In plan, the building is relatively simple,
with two large, open labs on each floor bisected by the entrance and collaboration atrium.
All visitors and employees pass through the
atrium to arrive at the new energy quadrangle.
Circulation to the labs requires people to move
through the collaboration zone as well, with
connecting stairs that allow daylight to penetrate the full three floors.
; Completion date: June 2013
; Contact: Ellen Randall, AIA, HDR Architecture, firstname.lastname@example.org