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Montclair State University

Center for Environmental & Life Sciences

Location: Upper Montclair, NJ
Project Completed: 2015
Size: 106,000 SF
This new building, the first research facility on Montclair’s campus, will serve as the “home” for the Department of Earth & Enviro. Sciences and provide a variety of additional space for the College of Science and Math.
what mattered to the client
  • to provide state-of-the-art facilities for established and developing trans-disciplinary teams of researchers, accommodate strong industrial links, and facilitate the education and training of students
  • to foster diverse research teams to further enhance collaborative research
  • to design research space that will reduce department controlled space and promote more efficient research clusters to break down typical department boundaries
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • Typical open research clusters include highly flexible wet bench and embedded computational environments.
  • Common “theme” areas will be physically linked to more narrow, researcher-specific laboratories so that a given researcher could merge easily with larger or more diverse projects "just next door."
  • Two incubator laboratories, located adjacent to the college research clusters, are of sufficient size to house multiple research projects that would come from industry
  • By using a variety of tools, including benchmarking, parametric space projections, and 3-D visualization, we were able to reassure the department representatives that the new research facility, although based on a shared space model, would meet each of their goals to provide research space for 100% of their full-time faculty.
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