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Environments for Education

A Productive Partnership with Higher Education Institutions

Client List Domestic Arizona State University California Institute of Technology Carnegie Mellon University

IDC Architects (IDCA), a CH2M HILL company, is an international design firm focused on facilities for science and technology, including institutions of higher education. Our services span the full range of facility work, from early planning and site selection through architecture, engineering, construction, and facility operations, all tailored to specific client needs. With a highly collaborative design process, we create places that allow our clients to maximize the benefits of advanced technology. We believe that lasting value is achieved through a successful combination of aesthetics and technical excellence, and that innovation can be achieved at any budget. Today, the academic experience is no longer confined to the classroom. Students, educators, and university staff are searching for new ways to integrate technology, science, and emerging pedagogies, which will engage students whether they are millennials or returning for further education. Through the design process, we help you recognize and make your educational facility goals real. Together, we create exceptional, high performance places that promote the achievements of exceptional people. We understand that learning occurs throughout the new science building, and we work with you to create a facility that is tailored your specific needs.

Clemson University Georgia Institute of Technology New Orleans Bio-Innovation Center Ohio State University Oregon Health and Science University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University Portland State University Rochester Institute of Technology SEMATECH / University of Texas Stanford University University at Albany University of California–Santa Barbara University of Hawaii University of Michigan University of Nebraska–Lincoln University of Oregon University of Pittsburgh University of Vermont University of Washington West Virginia University Research Corporation

International Dublin Olty University South Danish University Technical University of Denmark University College Dublin University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow University of Southampton University of Sydney University of Twente

Important Issues for Educational Facilities Adapting to Emerging Trends in Pedagogy Because different people learn in different ways, higher education institutions are challenged to provide environments that engage students on a variety of levels. The academic experience is no longer confined to the classroom or the teaching lab. Whether it is an interactive computing area, a small cafĂŠ, or a green roof garden, a well designed space can serve students and faculty in new and exciting ways. Staying current with the latest trends through participation with organizations such as Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and the Learning Spaces Collaboratory allows IDCA to bring a forward thinking approach to the design of your facility.

Flexibility in Use of Space

Creating a Sense of Place

Before beginning the design process, we discuss trends in science education, work with you to define your current and future needs, and explore how your institution can find a balance within those needs. Will a biology teaching lab need to shift to a general chemistry lab? Is the trend toward Green Chemistry one the institution may endorse? Do the spaces need to be reconfigurable for different activities, or ready to adapt to future needs?

In higher education, the creation of a sense of place is critical to producing a building that is reflective of the needs and culture of the institution, while serving the requirements of teaching and research. IDCA works with you to create buildings that represent your vision, values, and culture. We are passionate about design, about addressing your needs, and working to your budget and schedule. We believe that buildings do not have to be expensive to be beautiful. Renovation of Portland State University’s Science Research and Teaching Center included design elements that emphasized the laboratory core, while brightening the updated lobby and student lounge areas through a continuum of transparency and daylight.

Effective Research Environments Increasingly, research is included in students’ undergraduate, as well as graduate, experiences. Integrating learning into a research environment requires sensitivity to both teaching pedagogies and research protocols. IDCA’s methodology maintains the focus on your specific goals, providing a space that is engaging, responsive, and adaptive.

Select Project Examples Carnegie Mellon University Multiple projects to improve flexibility, functionality, and collaboration in campus facilities

Teaching labs that provide for ‘learning by doing’ are becoming more prevalent. These labs emphasize collaborative group work, where students learn from each other, working together to solve problems and collect information. We recently designed a teaching lab for Carnegie Mellon University that incorporates a group interaction area where groups of students share instrumentation within the same teaching space. Likewise, the teaching labs IDCA designed for the Science Research and Teaching Center at Portland State University reflect the crossdisciplinary approach, housing programs in environmental science, pharmaceuticals, and nanotechnology while providing biology, chemistry, and physics labs.

 Renovation of various research laboratories, including several BSL-2 spaces

The unique combination of technical sophistication, functional complexity, safety considerations, and human-centered experience makes the design of research environments both challenging and exciting. Balancing these factors in our designs paves the way for both near-term and long-term success.

 Improved research and teaching spaces for biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics

 Upgrades within historically significant Mellon Institute, including infrastructure and security  Maximized daylight, views, and usable space

Portland State University Science Research and Teaching Center; 250,000 SF

 New labs provide more efficient layouts, new fume hoods, and better lighting  New hazardous materials addition improved student safety and facility control of chemicals and lab supplies M  ore modern corridors and lobby to showcase commitment to science education and research  Upgrade uses approximately 50% less conditioned air than before the upgrade  LEED® Gold Certified

University of Southampton Mountbatten Nanotechnology Electronics Research Complex; 100,000 SF  Nanotechnology research facility housing multiple laboratories and administration  Designed to minimize footprint while maximizing natural light  Flexible cleanroom and clean lab space, research labs and offices, and technical support areas  Multiple design awards  Sustainable design features (BREEAM, United Kingdom equivalent of LEED®)

University of Southampton The design of the engineering systems incorporates truly state of the art techniques to significantly reduce the overall energy consumption of the facility. The building has a large cooling energy requirement that is satisfied by a “free cooling� system for approximately 72% of the year, thereby allowing the building to operate without the need for chillers. In addition, the use of absorption chilling, combined heat and power (CHP), and an innovative automatic control system produced an overall reduction in energy consumption of 52.8% when compared with a conventional facility without these innovative features.

Combining design leadership with sustainability strategy


Facility Reuse / Repurposing

Sustainability is about stewardship, and a sustainable building can be a learning experience for students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Sustainability also offers potential energy saving, and can often have an effective return on investment.

In order to manage costs, an institution might choose to renovate rather than build new. This can be an effective solution, as long as all building systems are analyzed in terms of the new intended use, and for any future use. IDCA’s staff has years of experience with renovations and adaptive reuse. By coordinating all disciplines in house, we are able to work with you to examine and prioritize all the elements of your project and help you make informed decisions for repurposing.

Our approach to sustainable design is both broad and pragmatic. We focus first and foremost on Return on Investment; but ROI is not only in terms of monetary capital; it also involves human capital. Sustainability begins with energy, material and water efficiency, but also embraces how the built environment contributes to the health and well-being of its occupants.

A recent example of our ability to serve clients is a project for the University of Pittsburgh. We developed specialized database tools that helped the multidiscipline team quickly assess existing conditions from both a system and spatial organization perspective. The University is now empowered to compare the lifecycle costs of maintaining existing conditions or making improvements, based on the database’s information. Modernizing and repurposing buildings usually makes good business sense, and it also makes sense in terms of preserving an institution’s cultural legacy.

IDCA Differentiators in Educational Facility Design Collaborative Design using Digital Modeling Through our efforts working with multiple higher education clients worldwide, IDCA has evolved an approach to design that is particularly suited to an academic culture. This approach begins by engaging the project’s key stakeholders as active participants in the design process rather than as passive observers. This is accomplished by using 3D modeling in highly energetic brainstorming and design sessions. The approach is characterized by following Thomas Edison’s lead: to get a great idea, begin by getting many ideas. In a typical work session many different potential solutions are modeled in 3D; and out of a process of comparison and transformation preferred concepts emerge. These concepts have universally gained consensus among the participants, and results in better designs that minimize future rework and second guessing.

Science and Technology Expertise

Long-Term Commitment

For more than 25 years, IDCA has worked with leaders in science, technology, research, education, and manufacturing. Our science and technology expertise, in a framework of human-centered design, makes us a valuable partner for clients who rely on their facilities as a catalyst for creativity and productivity.

IDCA has developed strong relationships with many clients through the successful completion of a variety of projects. Whether awarded through a competitive process or performed under a term services contract, these projects demonstrate our longterm support of clients needs to improve flexibility, functionality, and collaboration in facilities.

Our project teams include architects, planners, and multidiscipline engineers, and we have numerous subject matter experts who can bring their expertise to projects when needed.

An example is our relationship with Carnegie Mellon University. Over an eight-year period, we completed multiple projects that, while diverse in nature, shared tight budgets and schedules. Facilities included design, upgrades, and/ or renovation of teaching and research laboratories, conferencing and lecture facilities, student amenity areas, and offices. Each client user was involved in a design process that incorporated real-time 3D modeling in an open, collaborative work environment. IDCA looks forward to building this kind of lasting relationship with you.

About IDC Architects IDC Architects is an integrated, multidisciplinary planning and design firm focused on science and technology, with a global presence and a singular vision: to discover better ways for people, technology, buildings, and the environment to work together. Our integrated method of architectural and engineering design produces sound master plans, functional and flexible spaces, reliable building systems, and sustainable solutions, achieved through a highly collaborative process that fully engages all project stakeholders.

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IDC Architects (IDCA), a CH2M HILL company, is an international design firm focused on facilities for science and technology, including inst...