The new Sciences Laboratory Building at the University of California, Davis is designed to make learning science fun for future students. The 140,000-sf, $52-million facility is dedicated to teaching chemistry and biology to the next generation of biological scientists and to developing a scientifically literate student population.
A highlight of the building is the 4,300-sf computer-controlled greenhouse, where students can conduct experiments on live plants. Sea water tanks in the basement feed flumes in the Evolution and Ecology Labs on the first floor where zoology students learn about marine animals. The greenhouse automatically adjusts temperature, ventilation, and shading to conserve energy and maintain optimal conditions for growing plants. The digital controls allow adjustment of the greenhouse either from on campus or from a remote location.
Another feature is the John M. Tucker Herbarium in the Center for Plant Diversity. The nationally recognized collection of more than 250,000 dried plants and flowers from California and around the world are used for research and teaching in botany and plant biology. Farmers and gardeners, environmentalists and weed control experts, poison control centers, and law enforcement also use the collection for plant identification.
Lab neighborhoods throughout the building reflect the six departments of the Division of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry. Spacious corridors lead to alcoves at each lab entry door. Each neighborhood features numerous display cases and tack panels. Each department also has a lab-sized Learning Center and Teaching Assistant Discussion Room. Labs are designed to mimic those facilities that students will find when they graduate and begin their careers in industry and academia. The open classroom labs feature video projection and powered screens with Internet access at each student station. Thirty-four classrooms, two computer labs, five student discussion rooms, study lounges, and a Bio-Brew Café are also elements of the building. The Discussion Rooms and study areas receive natural lighting via large glass bay windows and feature wood library tables and chairs with glass markerboards and Internet access at each study table. The 517-seat Sciences Lecture Theatre features a high-resolution projection system and three projection screens.
|Building Owner:||University of California, Davis|
|Owner Contact:||Robert Strand, Campus Architect|
|Building Location:||Davis, California UNITED STATES|
|Project Type:||New Construction|
|Principal Building Function:||Teaching biology and chemistry|
|Project Delivery Method:||General Contractor|
|Cost Per Sq. Ft:||$285|
|About These Cost Figures|
Education: Lecture Or Seminar Hall
Education: Life Sciences
Laboratory: Dry And Wet
|Special Equip:||Salt water tanks, automated greenhouse, 60 degree herbarium storage|
|Office Size:||117 NSF|
|Structure/Foundation:||Unbonded braced steel frame with soil cement columns|
|Lab Module:||10' 6" x 30' 6"|
|Casework Mat'l:||Wood casework with epoxy resin countertops|
|Architect||ZGF Architects LLP|
|Builder||Howard S. Wright Construction Company|
|Consultant - Audio Visual||Shen, Milson & Wilke Associates|
|Consultant - Elevator||Hesselberg, Keesee & Associates Inc.|
|Consultant - Fire Protection||Rolf Jensen & Associates|
|Consultant - Telecommunications||Ove Arup and Partners|
|Engineer - Civil||Sandis Humber Jones|
|Engineer - Electrical||Ove Arup and Partners|
|Engineer - Mechanical||Ove Arup and Partners|
|Engineer - Structural||Ove Arup and Partners|
|Laboratory Planner||Research Facilities Design (RFD)|
|Landscape Architect||Walker & Macy|
|Profile Created 09/07/2005|
|Last Updated 04/04/2006|
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