Bridgewater State University’s Marshall Conant Science Center was built in 1964, as the home of sciences. Since then the number of full-time students on campus has increased ten-fold. Looking to accommodate this growth along with new programs, and driven to consolidate the science and mathematics program under one roof, Payette proposed an addition/renovation of the center. The project transforms an outdated building into a state-of-the-art science facility that revitalizes the heart of the main campus. In addition, the construction of the new addition and major improvements to the existing building significantly improve the campus space outside the building and fundamentally change the way science is studied within. Each of the three outstretched building wings provides access to the science center and encourages students to travel internally to multiple destinations exposed to science along the way.
A recent article in Architect Magazine included the Marshall Conant Science Center in an examination of current façade solutions. The building features a glass curtainwall standing behind a sunshading system closely integrated with the daylighting strategy. The exterior sunshading design works to maximize natural daylight while also minimizing solar heat gain and the subsequent impact to mechanical cooling loads. Each wing of the Y-shaped building features a slightly different façade solution and Associate Principal Todd Sloane, AIA, says “it’s a cost-effective solution to solving each façade as a design problem.”
Read more about the Marshall Conant Science Center:
'Face to Façade," Architect Magazine
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