A $25 million research center at IUPUI is now open. The Science Engineering Laboratory Building was designed by Indianapolis-based BSA LifeStructures Inc. and houses classroom space for two academic programs, plus biology and forensics labs. November 20, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – IUPUI students and researchers have a new home for science-based courses and research. The new Science Engineering Laboratory Building will provide much needed research space for researchers and strengthen the University's life and health sciences mission. BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm, designed the Science Engineering Laboratory Building in conjunction with Blackburn Architects on Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' campus. The building combines both academic and research space, creating a dynamic home for learning and discovery. The 45,000 square foot facility houses multidisciplinary research laboratories and classroom space for the School of Science and the School of Engineering and Technology.
The $25 million high-tech facility provides space for faculty and students to conduct research that contributes to the economic vitality of the state. The design of the facility encourages interaction between students and researchers. Public gathering spaces on the first floor are intentionally located next to biology and forensics labs to encourage these connections. The second level features a mix of faculty offices and research labs that are organized around a block of biology and biomedical engineering labs.
The project is connected to the existing science and engineering technology buildings in the core of the academic campus. The facility is designed to accommodate future expansion to meet the planned growth of the research programs at the University.
“We designed the Science Engineering Laboratory Building to exude modernism and functionality,” said Jim Hill, a Principal at BSA LifeStructures. “The exterior uses materials and colors that are consistent with other buildings on campus. We also introduced unique treatments and details to reinforce the forward thinking nature of a research building. The multi-colored curtain wall on the East-side of the facility also compliments the adjacent Indianapolis Cultural Trail.”
The building is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification. The facility features occupancy sensors for lighting control and uses high-efficiency windows and sunscreens to reduce solar gains. The HVAC system uses chilled beams to reduce energy consumption and uses enthalpy wheels for energy recovery. The site also contributes a number of sustainable design features, including a rain garden for storm water management and the use of native and adaptive plants in the landscaping.
About BSA LifeStructures
BSA LifeStructures designs facilities that support and enhance healing, learning and discovery – facilities that are lifestructures. A multidisciplinary team that employs trademarked LifeStructure Metrics to drive measurable outcomes, BSA LifeStructures collaborates with visionary healthcare, higher education and research clients to deliver inspired solutions¬ that improve lives. The firm has offices in Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. www.bsalifestructures.com
Source: BSA LifeStructures Inc.