Howard Hughes Medical Institute Renovation
As part of their Science Education Alliance (SEA), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute aligned with the University of Maryland Baltimore County to transform teaching and laboratory space within the 1970's Meyerhof Chemistry Building. A goal of SEA is to improve and broaden science education by training and conducting research for and with science educators. The result is a laboratory that is used as classroom space for undergraduate students in chemistry, biology and nursing during the regular school year and as a training and research lab for K-12 educators during the summer months.
HDR created the ultimate flexible space so that a multitude of research and teaching arrangements can be configured at any location within the lab. Included in the design:
- Benches, in a module of five, are individually moveable and adjustable in height
- Each bench has a utility module with quick-disconnect cables that provide multiple services
- Fixed components are located at the lab perimeter
- Full-height glass walls can be instantly switched from clear to translucent
- Cameras and an integrated AV system permit experiments to be broadcast throughout the campus
The result is a laboratory that can be completely reconfigured by students and teachers within 10 to 15 minutes.