NAU Science and Health Building
Northern Arizona University
This 122,000sf, $53M building is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015. The project features departmental offices, lecture halls and classrooms, teaching labs, research labs and a new central chemical distribution facility for the entire chemistry department. The plan layout allows for long-term flexibility to adapt, meeting changing needs as it will be the "home" for chemistry while featuring the pedagogy of interdisciplinary teaching and research involving researching in biology and health sciences. It will serve as a pivotal scientific center of excellence of the campus, complementing the planned growth of the science quad.
The final building design is an open, flexible research platform with a multi-level atria space that provides open interaction and group study rooms adjacent to faculty and graduate student spaces. This space, naturally ventilated during the summer and solar headed during inclement winter months of Flagstaff provides a centralized home for the sciences during. To minimize vertical movement of students, the first two levels include large lecture halls and mediated demonstration classrooms. MCH provided full-scope acoustical consulting.
Reference: Jay Bauer, Architect