HOK ENGINEERING + P H Y S I C A L S C I E N C E S FA C I L I T I E S
TEAM SCIENCE â€œThe best science and technology of today is increasingly a team-based, global endeavor, leveraging on centers of excellence all over the world.â€? - President Choon Fong Shih, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
ENGINEERING AND P H Y S I C A L S C I E N C E S FA C I L I T I E S A SAMPLE OF OUR RECENT PROJECTS
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University of Wyoming Energy Innovation Center
Wisconsin Energy Institute
University of Chicago William Eckhardt Research Center
University of Southern Indiana Business and Engineering Center
University of Oklahoma Devon Energy Hall College of Engineering
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Auburn Univ. Shelby Center for Engineering Technology
Research Triangle Inst. Science and Engineering Building
California Inst. of Technology, Kavli Nanoscience Institute
US Naval Academy MichelsonChauvenet Renovation hok .com
How do we accommodate the rapidly changing nature of engineering and physical sciences to provide flexible solutions to complex facility issues?
disciplines as new techniques weave departments together in combined efforts. The boundaries of the “traditional” approaches to science have become blurred, intertwined and commingled as current engineering techniques combine with ever more powerful imaging and analytical technologies. Programming and designing for
This is a critical challenge we face in the design of facilities for engineering and physical sciences.
these trends results in the design of increasingly complex laboratory buildings that must satisfy a wide range of environmental and utility demands. These requirements
IN EDUCATION As science education shifts to a more hands-on approach, learning environments and facilities for engineering and physical sciences
have altered the approach to design and require that the labs be more ﬂexible to accommodate constantly changing and varied program needs.
must follow suit. The proliferation of sophisticated IN RESEARCH There has been a convergence among scientiﬁc research
instrumentation has increased many-fold, and each piece of equipment has unique
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requirements. Some of these
instrumentation should be
instruments generate safety and
carefully considered so
researchers can respond to
concerns that result in the need to
design high bay, below grade and/ or shielded spaces.
In teaching labs, the audio-visual requirements necessary for
To accommodate these varied
lecture and demonstration must
be thoughtfully considered as well.
engineering research laboratories
Maintaining sight-lines in a variety
are often heavily serviced with
of class setup scenarios can be
central utilities. These include
challenging without ﬂexibility.
multiple chemical exhaust systems that may dictate scrubbing,
In more traditional research
instrument cooling water, highly
laboratories, theoretical and
puriﬁed water (electronic grade),
computational science was
liquid and gaseous nitrogen, and
physically isolated from the more
instrument grade compressed
service intensive experimental
air. There must also be a system
laboratories. This was done to
for adding and distributing more
achieve cost beneﬁts as well as
localized process gases. Electrical
providing required adjacencies.
loads are high and typically
In today’s multidisciplinary
demand special isolation and
laboratories, there is a deﬁnite
need to intermingle departments and encourage a research
Casework systems to
collegiality that transcends the lab
as we know it today. hok .com
DESIGNING THE L ABS OF THE FUTURE
The HOK Science + Technology
• Have highly efﬁcient ﬂoor plates
group’s design work guides
• Consider serviceability for
the evolution of the Lab | Work
effective operations and
maintenance • Accommodate future expansion
The innovative lab environments we design: • Protect the health and safety of users • Promote collaboration,
N E W L I F E FO R EXISTING ENVIRONMENTS
Organizations everywhere are shifting their focus from new construction to renewal projects.
communication, and interaction: the hallmarks of a successful research environment • Incorporate modular principles that enable easy adaptation • Have ﬂexibility that extends a lab’s life by allowing for changes to research programs, equipment, and protocols • Help recruit and retain the best researchers • Integrate sustainable design principles to create highperformance, cost-effective lab environments • Provide energy-efﬁcient
Regardless of size, renewal projects have their own set of considerations that go beyond those traditionally associated with new building design. Approaching the renovation and addition of science and technology facilities creates additional complexity. HOK considers many key issues when undertaking renovation projects, such as: mitigating risk of unknown conditions, renovation vs. replacement costs for MEP systems, and the impact of phasing on cost and schedule.
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53,500 sq. ft.
U NI V ERSI T Y O F W YO MIN G E N E R G Y I N N O VAT I O N C E N T E R
HOKâ€™s design for the facility creates an environment similar to that found in the energy industry or national laboratories by blurring the boundaries of traditional academia; providing flexible labs and cutting-edge technologies such as real-time 3D-visualization. Sophisticated AV linking allows the University to leverage strategic campus and global partnerships with other institutions and industries.
105,000 sq. ft COMPLETION
WISCONSIN ENERGY INSTIT U TE
The first of its kind, WEI will be a world-class facility for multidisciplinary programs in alternative and bio-energy research. Adaptable laboratory facilities support training and outreach activities focused on creating economically viable and environmentally sustainable alternative energy resources, such as the conversion of plant biomass into cellulosic ethanol.
266,000 sq. ft.
Architectural Design, Laboratory Planning/ Programming/Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
UNIVERSIT Y OF CHICAGO WILLIAM ECKHARDT RESE ARCH CENTER (WERC)
The University of Chicago selected HOK to design the new state-of-the-art WERC to house engineering-based research labs and support space for the University’s Physical Sciences Division’s applied and theoretical research programs. A series of “Enabling” projects will clear the way for the new facility through a series of phased, coordinated space and departmental moves. hok .com
116,540 sq. ft.
UNIVERSIT Y OF SOUTHERN INDIANA BUSINESS AND ENGINEERING CENTER
Facility Programming, Site Design, Concept Design, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Lab Planning
This new facility serves expanded enrollments in the School of Business and Department of Engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level and provides needed general classroom and specialized laboratory and instructional space, faculty and administrative offices, student study areas, computer laboratories, and group meeting facilities.
HOK, in association with Hafer Architects were selected to design a new building to house the College of Business as well as the Department of Engineering at the University of Southern Indiana. The general classroom space and specialized laboratories in the new facility are used to support academic requirements for the Universityâ€™s engineering program and manufacturing technology program. This classroom and laboratory building encourages crossdisciplinary innovation by serving both the business and engineering programs interdependently. The design provides dedicated classroom and laboratory space for each program, as well as a shared central atrium. By constructing a multipurpose classroom building for the School
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of Business with shared general academic instructional space and specialized laboratories, the University gained economies of scale relative to both construction and subsequent operating costs. Distance education rooms are outfitted with specialized
“Co-locating the Department of Engineering and the College of Business together in the new building was not accidental. In today’s world of technology, innovation, economic growth, and new business development, it is critical that individuals in the business, technology, and engineering worlds share important skills and knowledge.” - Dr. Scott A. Gordon, Dean Pott College of Science and Engineering
equipment and a student conference room provides students with videoconferenceing capabilities. The Engineering Design Center provides dedicated lab space for the conceptualization and prototype of engineering designs. The Engineering Electronics lab provides shielding for radiofrequencies to protect ongoing experiments.
105,000 sq. ft. SERVICES
Architectural Design, Interior Design, Site Design, Master Planning
UNIVERSIT Y OF OKL AHOMA, DEVON ENERGY H A L L , COL L EGE OF ENGINEERING
In an effort to both expand and unify the College of Engineering, HOK masterplanned three new buildings: Devon Energy Hall, a teaching lab and research facility for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering programs; an attached interdisciplinary â€˜practice facilityâ€™ workshop that supports team projects, such as solar cars; and a new teaching lab and research facility for the Bioengineering program.
For Devon Energy Hall, HOK, in association with Miles Associates, designed a collaborative and interactive space for students. Open learning areas stimulate interest in multiple disciplines and the â€œlab loftâ€? design provides students and faculty with a collaborative and integrated lab/ classroom environment. The new teaching lab and research facility will provide space that celebrates as well as encourages dialogue between disciplines and research teams as well as student spaces that encourage students to stay in the building after classes. Providing a much needed theoryinto-practice environment for
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the students, the high-bay development lab offers support areas around the labâ€™s perimeter for metal shops, welding shops, electrical shops and other support needed to build projects based on engineering studies. Faculty offices and research and support spaces are organized to enhance cross disciplinary activities at the college. The new building is a physical extension of the existing structure, blending with the older architecture, yet providing a 21st century image for the school in its use of materials, design and building technology. These buildings provide a new heart of learning and research in Engineering for the University.
5,500,000 sq. ft. SERVICES
Master Planning, Architectural Design, Laboratory Programming/Planning/Design, MEP Engineering, Structural Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design AWA R D S
2011 R&D Magazine â€œLab of the Yearâ€? 4 L E E D - N C P L AT I N U M
KING ABDULL AH UNIVERSIT Y OF SCIENCE A ND TECHNOLOGY (K AUST )
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
KAUST is a transformative new international graduate research university that brings together the world’s best minds around humanity’s most urgent scientific and technological challenges. Open to men and women from around the world, the university was conceived of by King Abdullah as part of an effort to quickly expand Saudi Arabia’s economy beyond fossil fuels. hok .com
KAUST was envisioned as an entirely new kind of research university, spurring innovation and creativity through a fundamentally different model of organizational structure. KAUST identiﬁed four strategic research thrusts and complementary interdisciplinary research centers that apply science and technology to problems of human need and social advancement. Research focuses on the following four thrusts: Energy, Water, Environment, Food and Agriculture. Research centers are developed to support the research thrusts and include: • KAUST Catalysis Center • Clean Combustion Research Center • Plant Stress Genomics Research Center • Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center • Center for Water Desalination and Reuse • KAUST Advanced Membranes
and Porous Materials Center • Red Sea Research Center The ﬂexibility of the universal lab neighborhood allows the co-location of a broad range of multidisciplinary labs with greatly varying environmental and technical requirements. In support of KAUST’s mission of environmental stewardship, HOK designed the campus to rigorous sustainability standards. The campus received a LEED Platinum certification; the largest LEED Platinum project in the world. KAUST is one of the world’s ﬁrst research universities to build an integrated economic development and technology commercialization program on one campus. Both the organization and the facilities are in place to rapidly take ideas from basic research through
KAUST labs for energy research are designed for ultimate flexibility, utilizing a “high hat” center section to accommodate semi-scale up research activities
commercialization. hok .com
175,000 sq. ft.
AUBURN UNIVERSIT Y SHELBY CENTER FOR ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Master Planning, Architectural Design,Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
HOK has been working to advance Auburn’s vision of furthering their position as one of the nation’s top engineering programs.
HOK and Auburn developed a facility to support Auburn’s efforts to recruit seasoned faculty members, to draw high-achieving new students and further research efforts in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Computer Science and Industrial Systems Engineering. hok .com
HOK’s design team developed a facility to support Auburn’s efforts to recruit seasoned faculty members, to draw high-achieving new students as well as attract Auburn students into engineering programs. In the new Shelby Center, efforts to maximize interaction levels between students and faculty have been expounded through the relationship of instructional spaces to labs to offices, internal and external connection points within the buildings, and dynamic connections to the surrounding campus to promote and celebrate engineering at Auburn. The facility’s design capitalizes on the interest provided by the “hands-on” nature of these labs, and hopes to further attract students into Mechanical Engineering programs.
Inside the building, the Central Pavilion provides an interior focal point for student activities. An auditorium, four high-tech classrooms, wireless laboratories, Engineering administration and the Departments of
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Computer Science and Software Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering reside in the Pavilion’s two L-shaped wings. In addition to state-of-the-art instructional classrooms, student study areas, faculty offices and laboratories, the Mechanical Engineering Building houses specialized laboratories for Micro Scale Mechanics Testing, Hybrid Propulsion and Student Projects. Further, the lab facilities provide opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects early in their academic careers; better preparing them for a future in the “real world” of engineering. To capture the interest of the campus as a whole, a lobby space also functions as a gallery where vehicles can be viewed through full height windows that front onto a central, public courtyard. hok .com
78,000 sq. ft. SERVICES
Master Planning, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Landscape Architecture, Construction Administration
RESE ARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING BUILDING
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
HOK designed the new Science and Engineering Building for Research Triangle Institute (RTI), an independent research organization. RTI sought to reinforce its master plan by positioning this new building on its central mall and accommodating future phases in a more logical, additive manner. The facility houses clean energy research.
With research programs in energy technology, analytical chemistry and nanotechnology, the laboratories were built and equipped to the exact specifications of those disciplines. Primarily laboratory space (80 percent) including high-bay labs, the building consists of two wings, and was planned with future growth in mind. One wing is occupied by current programs, and the other will be outfitted as needed to accommodate new or expanded programs. The laboratories are highly modular, allowing them to grow The Science and Engineering Building at RTI facilitates scientists and engineers researching and developing solutions to energy-related problems.
and change with RTI’s research needs. Lab areas include: • Energy Technology Labs • Nanotechnology Lab • Exposure Analysis Research Lab • Microanalytical Science Labs • Electron Microscopy Labs • Analytical Chemistry Labs
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RTIâ€™s Energy Researchers are scientists and engineers who conduct applied research and development to solve challenging energy-related problems faced by the power, chemical, and petroleum refining industries, as well as the transportation sector. They work with a variety of industry and government clients to develop technologies that seek to generate cleaner and more efficient sources of energy. HOKâ€™s design for the facility supports a special vibrationfree slab to accommodate a new environmental scanning electron microscope.
15,000 sq. ft. SERVICES
Architectural Design, Laboratory Programming/Planning/Design
CA LIFORNIA INSTIT U TE OF TECHNOLOGY K AV L I N A N O S C I E N C E I N S T I T U T E
HOK programmed, designed and developed centralized, multiuser laboratories for research in nanostructure synthesis, fabrication and characterization through the renovation of the basement of an existing building.
The facility also incorporates a virtual conferencing facility, office space and collaborative interaction space.
The primary goal of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute is to bring together research laboratories in order to encourage crossdisciplinary collaboration in the concentrated areas of nanobiotechnology and nanophotonics. HOK designed centralized multiuser laboratories in which to conduct research in nanostructure synthesis, fabrication and characterization. The facility accommodates multiple modalities of imaging including SEM, Cryo-SEM and STEM with special measures taken to control acoustics, vibration and The Kavli Nanoscience Institute brings together multiple research laboratories, encouraging crossdisciplinary collaboration across several areas.
electromagnetic interferences. The facility is based on a â€œMolecular Foundryâ€? concept. It includes many of the basic tools needed for both top-down and bottom-up nanotechnology explorations, as well as
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providing space for instrument development, characterization, imaging and some metrology operations. HOKâ€™s design supports research into the development of key enabling technologies that are dependent on finding new, more efficient materials for alternative energy. For instance, the creation of nanostructures that increase the surface area of lithium ions or even pure lithium (in a moisture and oxygen free environment) is one of the keys to the development of an electric car that drives 300 miles on a single charge. The laboratory includes Class 100 and Class 1,000 cleanroom space, special measures to control for vibration and environmental conditions, and MEP and HVAC systems designed to accommodate state-of-the-art equipment with specific shielding needs. hok .com
270,000 sq. ft. Renovation SERVICES
Facility Programming, Architectural Design, MEP Engineering, Structural Engineering, Cost Estimating, Laboratory Design, Laboratory Programming/Planning, Lighting Design
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HOKâ€™s highly interactive programming and design process produced 21st century, flexible, multidisciplinary labs and support areas; as well as all new energyefficient building systems and equipment for the US Naval Academy. The facility houses the Science and Math Departments is used for the teaching of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Oceanography, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Originally configured as twin office/classroom towers sharing a common laboratory function at ground level, these buildings, built in the 1970s, contained systems and laboratory equipment that had reached the limit of their expected service life. The building layout did not effectively support the requirements of current teaching methods and curricula, and the building envelope failed to meet current standards for sustainability and anti-terrorism force protection. HOK was selected to renovate the entire complex and resolve all the specified deficiencies.
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The project was executed in two phases: Phase One consisted of the renovation of Michelson Hall and the corresponding lab deck; Phase Two consisted of the renovation of Chauvenet Hall and the corresponding lab deck. The two-phase schedule presented logistical challenges in order to maintain classes and building function. Ample swing space was necessary during each phase of the renovation, and was provided with the installation of MMUâ€™s (Modular Mobile Units) at two consolidated locations on campus.