Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building

Webster University
Published 2-14-2018
  • Biology Teaching Lab

    Photo by Timothy Hursley

  • Lecture Hall

    Photo by Timothy Hursley

  • Lobby

    Photo by Timothy Hursley

  • Garden Level Floor Plan

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  • Entry Level Floor Plan

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  • Level Two Floor Plan

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  • Level Three Floor Plan

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  • Building Section

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Webster University’s new Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building, has transformed the university’s focus on science by tripling the number of science labs on campus. The 84,000-sf facility houses the departments of anthropology and sociology, biological sciences, international language and cultures, nurse anesthesia, nursing, and psychology, and the Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies.

The four-story building is rich in opportunities for experiential learning, with 27 laboratories, including biology, chemistry, and physics teaching and student/faculty research labs; a human anatomy laboratory; kitchen laboratory; and computational laboratory that can also serve as a general purpose classroom. It also contains a qualitative and quantitative lab to be used by psychology and anthropology/sociology departments. Nursing and nurse anesthesia spaces contain medical simulation labs, including a simulated operating room with a patient simulator mannequin.

The building houses 71 offices for full-time and adjunct faculty, staff, and the dean’s suite; numerous commons areas for students and faculty to collaborate; and a 129-seat auditorium that opens onto a sunken outdoor green area between Browning Hall and an adjacent building.

The dense floor plan has two wings—one housing sciences and the other humanities—revolving around a vertical circulation, which connects common spaces on all levels. The building envelope consists of vision glass and fritted glass, which, together with vertical fins, protect classrooms, laboratories, and office space from excessive sunlight. At night, the building casts a soft light on its surroundings and reveals the interior activities to passersby.

The building is designed to meet LEED Silver.

 

Project Data
Project Type: 
New Construction
Completion Date: 
August, 2017
Location: 
Webster Groves, MO
Delivery Method: 
Construction Management (CM), Design/Build, Fast Track
Project GSF: 
83,925
Project Cost: 
$47,000,000USD
Construction Cost: 
$37,800,000USD
Building Descriptors: 
Auditorium
Biology
Chemistry
Education: Administration
Education: Biology
Education: Chemistry
Education: Faculty Office
Education: Nursing
Education: Physics
Laboratory
Laboratory: Chemistry
Laboratory: Dry And Wet
Laboratory: Research
Laboratory: Simulation
Laboratory: Teaching
Nursing
Office
Office: Administrative
Office: Researcher
Research
Organizations
CannonDesign
Architect
Paric Corporation
Construction Manager
Kathy Williams Associates
Architectural Consultant, Building Enclosure
CannonDesign
Lab Planner
William Tao & Associates
Mechanical, Electrical, and Lighting Design
Webb Engineering
Plumbing/Fire Protection
David Mason & Associates
Structural and Civil Engineering
Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.
Environment Graphics and Signage
SWT Design
Landscape Architecture
Spellman Brady & Company
Interior Finishes and Furniture
AcoustiControl
Acoustical Engineering
Faith Group
Technology Engineering
Automated Logic
Building Controls
Otis Elevator
Elevators
Tuttnauer USA
Laboratory Equipment
Campbell Rhea
Laboratory Casework
Institutional Casework, Inc.
Laboratory Casework
Daikin
Air Handlers
Fume Hood Controls
Greenheck Fan Corporation
Laboratory Exhaust
Kohler Power Systems
Emergency Generator
Camus Hydronics Ltd.
Boilers