The project renovated existing space and constructed new, state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces for the college's departments of Anthropology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics & Astronomy.
This project included the renovation of 58,000 gross square feet of existing space and the construction of an 18,000 square foot addition. Included in the scope of work was the demolition of an existing 5,000 square foot one-story wing in order to make space for the addition.
The project created new, state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces for the college's departments of Anthropology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics & Astronomy. It is on target to become the college's first to meet the sustainability standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
"Science on display" is a theme of the redesigned building, with lots of window-filled classrooms and labs, and airy, open spaces for group collaboration. The redesigned A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, which was previously located in the basement of the building, moved to the first floor and offers hands-on learning for students of all ages in a bright, open space.