heart of the chemistry department and
community. Students and researchers are
scheduled to begin fully using the new
space in Fall 2015. The entire team is excited of what discoveries are to come from
the uniquely collaborative space.
Brian Campa is a senior associate at
Atlanta-based design firm Cooper Carry. As
a veteran project designer with a multi-fac-eted work portfolio, Campa has extensive
experience in the Science + Technology,
Education, Residential and Hospitality
Specialty Practice Groups.
the old and new buildings. At the top of
the atrium is a linear skylight that provides
direct sunlight down to the main floor.
This space has become the symbolic and
literal connector between the old and new.
The natural light that flows into the atrium
unified the building in that all spaces are
able to feel well-lit and revitalized.
REFLECTING A CULTURE
As research and teaching activities
continued throughout the construction
process, Cooper Carry carefully coordinated with the engineering and construction
management teams to phase and execute
with limited disruption of ongoing activities. Despite the inconvenience, the students and researchers were excited for the
addition and renovation, already admiring
the prototype lab on the fourth floor.
Cooper Carry’s design redefined the culture of the institution for many researchers. Traditionally, they preferred solid walls
and enclosed research space. Through the
prototyping lab and working closely with
the university, Cooper Carry instituted a
paradigm shift that would bring scientific
discovery out from the secluded research
labs and put it on display for undergraduate students, teachers and other members
of the community.
Marrying the old with the
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Dept. of Chemistry Chair Dr. David
Lynn said, “Our new project provides
incentive to think beyond the traditional,
to integrate graduate and undergraduate
education and create environments free
to engage a broader group of thinkers. We
will create a new center and research labs
that are both adaptable and technological-
ly advanced, facilitating our reach beyond
the traditional questions to the new
Ultimately, the new commons, atrium
and exterior courtyard have become the
Bold curves and color bands marry the original building with the addition. Image: Cooper Carry
Large open spaces foster new ideas and collaboration. Image: Cooper Carry