The SET is comprised of two wings: the Lab Wing housing physics, biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology labs, and the ‘Academic Pavilion’ that houses active learning classrooms, collaborative study areas, and administrative offices. Beyond the primary lab spaces, SET provides spaces for astronomy, environmental science, and horticulture, including a rooftop observing area and a greenhouse.
The atrium serves as the integral organizing element of the building, tying the two wings together to create a dynamic, interior street for community building and the exchange of ideas. At the culmination of the grand stair, a three-story, curving glass, feature wall displays the names of prominent scientists throughout history for a memorable moment inside the building. A curved skylight brings in daylight, minimizing the use of electric lighting.
With a program relying heavily on laboratories with a high energy demand, it was crucial the building systems’ design could meet the unique needs of each space type while maximizing energy savings. To maximize efficiency, the air handling system of the project was zoned to separate lab demands from classroom and office demands. The SET was commissioned to ensure the systems operate according to the university’s requirements and building operators were trained to maintain the building’s performance post-occupancy.
The SET Building achieved LEED Gold Certification and the AIA 2030 Commitment benchmark of reducing energy consumption by 70% beyond the current code baseline.