Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says its 70,000-square-foot New Academic Building has become Indiana’s first building to earn full WELL Certification for design and technology. The $29 million facility has earned the Silver level WELL Certification as recognized by the International WELL Building Institute.
The organization recognizes structures that meet IWBI building requirements that address human health and well-being for students, faculty and staff. Those include such things as air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, and comfort.
“The building has provided our students, faculty, and staff with a healthy environment to work, study and relax,” said Rose-Hulman President Robert Coons. “We want our buildings to be functional, economical and beneficial; sustaining all elements of our education mission.”
The three-story building opened for the 2021-22 school year. In addition to classroom space, it has state-of-the-art chemistry and biochemistry laboratories, a food science research lab, and student-faculty collaborative workspaces.
The architect firm for this project was Indianapolis-based RATIO Design. Mechanical systems were designed by R.E. Dimond & Associates, also of Indianapolis. Terre Haute-based Garmong Construction Service oversaw construction.