minor modification—some of the same
spaces by providing a teaching console,
more storage or moveable equipment.
Mixed classrooms with flexible furniture
are key. In science buildings, there will
always be space dedicated to a specialized
function, but project leaders aim for such
spaces to be the exception.
Interestingly, many labs can be multi-functional. Although teaching labs have
a front of the room orientation with
projection screens and white boards
for instruction, they can be designed
to also incorporate research lab needs.
Equipment, even highly specialized, can
be shared, depending on the programs. To
ensure a lab/classroom is equipped for the
unique pedagogies of multiple programs,
it is critical to understand their needs.
Finding opportunities to synthesize
spaces and equipment wherever possible
saves significant costs.
Integrate sustainability with integrity.
Sustainability remains at the forefront of
today’s buildings, even in the science and
technology realm. In a hybrid building, it can
be difficult to integrate sustainable elements
while preserving the integrity of highly specialized spaces. In one example, there was a
challenge in providing operable windows to
offices, which changed the pressurization of
the building. The solution was to use air lock
vestibules in the adjacent corridor. Project
leaders can identify ways to integrate sustainability while maintaining the specialized
integrity of the spaces.
Creativity in design and planning allows
design teams to find new ways to share
space, incorporate sustainability and
enhance the aesthetics and functionality
of the space.
In addition to operating efficiently,
occupants want spaces that perform in
the usability realm, with natural light,
comfortable layouts and smooth integration to the surrounding landscape.
Daylighting. Daylighting is one way to
enhance the space while also emphasizing
sustainability. Natural daylight can decrease
energy costs and makes the space more
inviting. Daylight can be used to illuminate
corridors, classrooms and even labs, with
considerations to avoiding glare that may
interfere with scientific work or reading
digital readouts. Daylight is appreciated,
but needs to be used strategically.
Welcoming spaces with daylight, breakout spaces, and writeable glass increase occupant satisfaction and foster interaction, which is especially encouraged in a