Utica College

NEW SCIENCE CENTER

Utica College

NEW SCIENCE CENTER

The new science center at Utica College provides a world-class teaching and research environment for students and faculty, greatly improving educational and employment opportunities for the next generation of scientists and researchers.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 21st, 2021

 

Specialized Laboratories
The design of each lab space increase storage space, allows for student and faculty research, and enhances health and safety for building occupants.
Prep spaces were designed to support each related science program with fixed casework, sinks, fume hoods, and safety features including an emergency shower and eyewash and OSHA compliant chemical storage.
Each lab includes variable volume fume hoods, which were inadequate and inefficient in the previous building, to protect student and faculty health and well-being.
The standard teaching wall in each lab can be moved to expose additional storage space behind the whiteboard.
Lab furniture are organized to provide good visibility of the teaching wall while allowing for hands-on learning in groups or individually.
  • Prep spaces were designed to support each related science program with fixed casework, sinks, fume hoods, and safety features including an emergency shower and eyewash and OSHA compliant chemical storage.
  • Each lab includes variable volume fume hoods, which were inadequate and inefficient in the previous building, to protect student and faculty health and well-being.
  • The standard teaching wall in each lab can be moved to expose additional storage space behind the whiteboard.
  • Lab furniture are organized to provide good visibility of the teaching wall while allowing for hands-on learning in groups or individually.
Specialized Laboratories
The design of each lab space increase storage space, allows for student and faculty research, and enhances health and safety for building occupants.
  • Each lab includes variable volume fume hoods, which were inadequate and inefficient in the previous building, to protect student and faculty health and well-being.

  • Prep spaces were designed to support each related science program with fixed casework, sinks, fume hoods, and safety features including an emergency shower and eyewash and OSHA compliant chemical storage.

  • Lab furniture are organized to provide good visibility of the teaching wall while allowing for hands-on learning in groups or individually.

  • The standard teaching wall in each lab can be moved to expose additional storage space behind the whiteboard.

    Programming

    A collaborative programming process involving students and faculty ensured that the needs and goals of the program informed the design of each specialized lab space. 

    Support Space

    The completed addition houses state-of-the-art laboratory and prep space for genetics and molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry, animal physiology and animal behavior, and human anatomy and physiology.

    Open Main Lobby

    The main lobby is a double height space that brings the exterior in. At the lower level, the outdoor planter extends into the space to form a rock garden under the stair.

    Outdoor Courtyard

    A new outdoor courtyard was created between the existing science building and new addition. A glass-enclosed walkway provides a protected connection between both facilities.

    MEP Engineering 

    CSArch also provided MEP Engineering design, which focused on health and safety for building occupants, improved energy efficiency, and seamlessly integrates into the architectural design of the building.

    Building Façade 

    Defining the science center's place on campus is a sloped curtain wall at the main lobby and entry. The façade blends modern design with concepts from the existing campus and mimics the surrounding buildings through its use of masonry and ACMU veneer.

    Project Scope

    Built in 1963 and essentially unchanged from that era, the Gordon Science Center has exceeded the limits of its ability to support the enormous growth in the College’s science programs and the rapid advances in research and technology that afect instruction in biology, chemistry and related programs. CSArch partnered with Page to program and design a new building addition to support research and teaching laboratories. The project includes full-scale redesign and renovation of science research laboratories; teaching laboratories; classrooms; support rooms; faculty office; and an auditorium and lecture hall. 

    The modernized building will provide a world-class teaching and research environment for students and faculty, greatly improving educational and employment opportunities for the next generation of scientists and researchers.

    Location

    Utica, NY


    Size

    23,300 SF


    Completion Date

    September 2021


    Program

    Research Laboratories, Science Laboratories, Teaching Spaces, GIS Computing Laboratory, Breakout Rooms, Faculty Offices, Prep Spaces

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    Locations

    • Albany

      40 Beaver Street
      Albany, New York 12207

      ph 518.463.8068

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    • Newburgh

      19 Front Street
      Newburgh, New York 12550

      ph 845.561.3179

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