Agricultural Sciences Building
The new Agricultural Sciences Building (AGRS) at the Utah State University College of Agriculture creates a soft eastern edge to the most important quadrangle on campus, which is dominated on the west by the "Old Main," the oldest and most revered tower on campus. Designed to encourage movement through the new building to the quad, AGRS is broken into two masses: a four-story laboratory block and a 265-foot long horizontal office bar. The massing and architectural vocabulary reflects their different functions. Internally, a four-story atrium "pins" together the office bar and laboratory block. The end of the office bar protrudes past the laboratory block and stands directly opposite the Old Main; an unassuming point-counterpoint arrangement that recognizes the Old Main's prominence.
The linearity of the office bar enhances the east-west axis through campus to the Old Main. Directly to the south of the office bar are the experimental agricultural plots essential to the science conducted inside. The rhythm and color palette of the plots provide the inspiration for the design of the southern façade. Essentially, the "plan" of the agricultural plots, morphs into the vertical plane of the elevation, expressed in vertical bars of colored glass panels. Operable windows further bring the outdoors inside while framing spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains to the south.
Contrasting the massing of the office bar, the block-like mass of the laboratory is "lightened" by a four-story atrium penetrating the block at the center. The atrium connects the labs to offices, and provides natural light deep into the laboratory floors. The solid laboratory block is further lightened, by "lifting" it above the ground floor, to provide views into public areas inside -- including a café and an auditorium—as well as views out to the quad. The café is naturally lit by the atrium above. In addition to these ground floor gathering spaces, the atrium also provides destinations and core facilities to encourage interaction and collaboration among scientists, faculty and students. This project earned LEED Gold certification.
- 2013 Selected - Interiors & Sources Top Ten LEED Projects
- Sustainable Features: Construction Waste Management, Daylighting & Views, Energy Efficiency, LEED Gold, Local/Regional Materials, Low-Emitting Materials, Photovoltaics, Recycled-content Materials, Stormwater Management, Water Efficient Landscaping, Water Use Reduction
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 125,000 SF (11,600 m²)
- Professional Services: Architecture, Engineering, Planning
- Project Components: Amenity Spaces, Atrium, Biology Laboratory, Classroom, Collaborative Spaces, Conference Room, Teaching Laboratory
- Project Type: Academic Building, Research Laboratory
- Related Projects: Architecture, Life Sciences, Research, Science & Technology, Teaching
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