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Stonehill College

Science Building

Location: Easton, MA
Project Completed: 2009
Size: 89,000 GSF

SLAM was engaged in an intensive programming and feasibility exercise prior to providing design services for a new 89,000-GSF, highly visible science facility, intended to be a "keystone" building on campus. It is prominently sited to emphasize the importance of academics, attract more science majors, and serve all members of the Stonehill community.

The New Science Center provides cutting edge space for integrated science teaching and research in the fields of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, neuroscience, and psychology. It houses teaching and research labs, associated support spaces, classrooms, offices, and break-out spaces to promote collaboration and interaction, including a large atrium. This common space encourages student foot traffic and provides a welcoming face to the community.

what mattered to the client
  • create a “keystone” building that communicates the importance of science, attracting more science majors and serving non-science majors, alumni, and visitors
  • achieve successful balance between escalating construction costs and the desired quality of program and building
  • incorporate sustainable design concepts
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • The new science building is a visible, striking addition to the College; a large event space atrium opening onto the main campus quad has become the preferred place of study for the entire campus community
  • A rigorous, collaborative budget control process targeted building systems for cost reductions over market norms and options were continuously evaluated against design quality and cost
  • A green roof provides an interactive sustainability laboratory, controls storm water discharge, and creates thermal mass and evaporative cooling
  • A cost effective footprint with an efficiency factor of 62% afforded the College valuable program space that promotes hands-on, discovery-based learning, collaboration and interaction
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