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Old Dominion University

Systems Research & Academic Building

Location: Norfolk, VA
Project Completed: 2014
Size: 50,000 SF

Designed in collaboration with RRMM Architects, the new 50,000-SF Systems Research and Academic Building (SRAB) project began with a Space Master Plan for the College of Engineering and Technology, which shaped the building design. The building is designed to a high sustainable standard and incorporates “building-as-pedagogy” concepts so that students can learn from, and utilize, the building in their project work. The SRAB, designed to encourage the exchange of ideas, houses important functions of the College of Engineering, as well as a core need of both the College of Science and the College of Engineering—a high-quality clean room facility.

The space program for the new building included five major components:

  • Project Labs for hands-on undergraduate learning;
  • Dean’s Offices and Advising;
  • Research Labs;
  • Clean Room facility;
  • Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

The advising function has a natural location within the building because of the building’s strong emphasis on student learning. Four labs are provided to target each of the freshman engineering and technology modules. In addition, a number of successful and growing research initiatives are housed in the SRAB including a:

  • Dynamic Environment Simulation Lab (a showcase lab near the building entry featuring project shops with outdoor access via oversized folding doors)
  • Class 100 Clean Room and Characterization facility
  • Microfluidics Lab
  • Micro-Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Lab
  • Microelectronics Lab
  • Biomedical Engineering labs
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