Southern CT State University
LiRo was Owner's Representative for the construction of this 97,000 sf, four-level building that enhances the University's ability to provide ground breaking education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Designed in an 'L'-shaped footprint, the building coordinates with two existing science buildings – Jennings and Morrill Halls – to create a science enclave. The facility incorporates the Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Science departments. Teaching and research spaces include a nanotechnology center, physics and optics lab, cancer cell research institute, photonics, general research labs, classrooms and offices/administration areas. The two wings are connected at each of the four floors by meandering paths, intersecting at a central full height glass enclosed atrium. The view out to the enclave encompasses a garden of boulders, a commissioned science sculpture, and an experimental botanical garden. The interior of the glass space displays structural elements that mimic skeletal fish vertebrae, and includes a large aquarium, balcony rails that glow with special effects, and video components, all interspersed among lounges to encourage interaction between the scientific disciplines.
Designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification, the building incorporates myriad sustainable features, including solar devices utilizing different glazing types, sun screens, and shade shades; a high-mass masonry wall system; kinetic finials; and rain water collection systems.
On hand to celebrate the opening of the building on October 16, 2015 were: (l to r)
Greg van Duesen, Senior Vice President, BVH Integrated Services
Emilio Pizzofferrato, Assistant Director of Project Management, State of Connecticut, DCS
Bob Prentice, Project Manager, State of Connecticut, DCS
Stephen Burke, Project Executive, LiRo Program & Construction Management
Pasquale "Bud" Salemi, Deputy Commissioner, State of Connecticut, DCS
Reno Migani, Project Architect, Centerbrook Architects
Robert Sheeley, Associate Vice President for Budgeting and facilities Operation, SCSU
Hal Chait, Project Executive, FIP Construction
Image courtesy of SCSU, Isabel Chenoweth photographer.