Wilkes University in US starts construction of new science building

4 March 2012 (Last Updated March 4th, 2012 18:30)

Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, US has started the construction of a $35m science building on its campus in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes University in US

Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, US has started the construction of a $35m science building on its campus in Wilkes-Barre.

The 72,500 square foot building will house the university departments of biology and health sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, and environmental engineering and earth sciences.

The four-storey facility will be located on River Street between the university’s Annette Evans Alumni House and Conyngham Hall and will arc around the end of Stark and enter the quadrangle.

It will incorporate sustainable polished concrete, wood, energy-efficient lighting and windows glazed with low-emitting coatings that save energy.

Wilkes president Tim Gilmour said: "This new building will transform science education at Wilkes and the region, opening new opportunities as an incubator for biomedical and other types of cutting-edge research with partners such as The Commonwealth Medical College and regional healthcare organisations like Geisinger Health System and Community Health Care."

"It will bring state-of-the-art collaborative learning spaces that will enhance the already excellent science education Wilkes offers, and it will increase our ability to attract the best and brightest students," Gilmour said.

The first floor of the building will include a conference centre with meeting space to accommodate both university and community needs.

The second floor of the building will house the biology and health sciences department while interdisciplinary research laboratories are planned for the third floor and the chemistry and biochemistry department will be located on the fourth floor.

A 15,000 square foot section of the building will be occupied by the environmental engineering and earth sciences department, with space distributed among the building’s four floors.

SaylorGregg Architects designed the building while Nalls Architecture designed the facility’s laboratory space.

The 18-month construction period is expected to generate $20.5m in Luzerne County and $46.8m in Pennsylvania.

The university is seeking silver-level LEED certification for the building, which is scheduled to open in autumn 2013.

 

Image: The new building science will incorporate sustainable polished concrete, wood, energy-efficient lighting. Photo: Jrmski.