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University of Notre Dame

Jordan Hall of Science

Location: Notre Dame, IN
Project Completed: 2006
Size: 202,000 GSF
"Our students can now experience a truly integrated, creative learning environment that better prepares them for their future as independent thinkers and leaders - their education at Notre Dame (will) help them make a difference in the world." (Joseph P. Marino, Dean of the College of Science)
what mattered to the client
  • to consolidate undergraduate science teaching and provide latest technologies for teaching and learning
  • to generate inquiry-based, integrative learning and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • to create a dramatic "destination" building that integrates science into campus life, symbolizing the university's commitment to undergraduate teaching, with architecture that enhances the collegiate gothic campus
  • to increase the number and quality of undergraduate science majors
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • Project included a rigorous program validation process with entire science faculty (benchmarking, metrics, and utilization analyses) developing consensus among the disciplines and creating spaces with synergy and collaboration, rather than carving a building into separate departments.
  • The design embraced the university’s traditional, contextual architectural style while accommodating the latest advances in educational technology, including a digital visualization theater
  • Two 250-seat auditoriums enable students to interact with peers, answer questions via laptops and wireless technology, and see experiments being conducted at the front of the room through video cameras mounted inside the fume hood.
  • 40 state-of-the-art research labs offer unprecedented opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration through carefully planned adjacent lab spaces.
  • Data analysis rooms located between pairs of wet labs allow students to move freely between benchtop and laptop.
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