News

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building designed by PCPA officially opens

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building designed by PCPA officially opens

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building designed by PCPA officially opens

New Haven, Conn. (April 10, 2015) –  Officials  at The Ohio State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building. The building, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, is a great achievement. The challenge was to merge four academic departments with complex programming needs into one building that can accommodate undergraduate and graduate multi-disciplinary research. In an exciting, collaborative environment that puts the learning of science on display, advanced classroom and laboratory spaces enhance experimentation and discovery and light-filled circulation spaces welcome informal interactions.

The building is comprised of a 4-story lab wing and a 6-story administrative office and computational lab tower connected by a 3-story bridge. The bridge houses large conference rooms which feature floor-to-ceiling glass enclosures that fill the interiors with natural light, promoting energy savings as well as offering sweeping views of campus, accentuating CBEC’s place in the campus community.

PCPA’s site plan also includes a new outdoor quadrangle designed by Reed Hilderbrand Associates. A diagonal pedestrian pathway creates a connection for students to easily navigate to additional popular outdoor public space at the university and to its north housing district. A curved glass façade also forms a dynamic interior and exterior lounge space for students. At night the entire ground floor illuminates the exterior space. An art installation by Leo Villareal further animates the lobby and lounge.

“As the design architects, we collaborated closely with the many different stakeholders and users of the building, listening to their diverse programmatic needs and finding innovative ways to support CBEC’s cutting edge scientific research,” said Fred Clarke, FAIA, Senior Design Principal. “The design of the building fosters a learning community through transparent, light-filled and flexible spaces.”

« Back to News

loading