The L-shaped configuration contains an intimate outdoor courtyard that is used for both lectures and leisure.

The Kinesiology labs and dedicated classrooms are in the West Wing of the building on Level 3. Motor Control and Brain Imaging Lab are neighbors, which complement the Bioenergetics and Biomechanics labs as part of the Gordon College Kinesiology department.

The design integrates audio and visual technology to allow up to 16 students to perform procedures alongside an instructor. Each table has a digital display at the head wall that can be patched into one of two cameras located at the instructor’s table or the instructor’s computer.

The risers, shown in the above graphics, were designed throughout the Anatomy and Physiology Lab allowing the new ductwork to connect to the building’s existing air handler maintaining adequate air quality in the labs.

Gordon College
Ken Olsen Science Center

Wenham, MA / United States

2008 Ken Olsen Science Center
2013 Level 3
2015 Lower Level

83,154 GSF

350-seat auditorium, 100-sloped seat classroom, Biomechanics Lab, Bioenergetics Lab, Motor Control, Brain Imaging, Anatomy Lab, 3 Specimen Rooms, Physics Shop Restrooms, Seminar Room

The Ken Olsen Science Center sits on the idyllic Gordon College campus flanked by Coy Pond and the quad. Payette’s design of the new building unites the science disciplines into a new facility that fosters interdisciplinary interaction. It is home to the College’s botany, computer science, kinesiology, mathematics, physics and psychology programs. The building connects the students to science and nature and defines the north edge of the main campus quadrangle, focusing views to nature and the Chapel. Following the completion of the building, Payette also led the design of subsequent fit-outs of the science center.

Level Three
In 2013, kinesiology labs and dedicated classrooms were completed in the west wing of the building on Level 3. The Bioenergetics lab houses floor equipment including EKG treadmills that are used to examine human systems of energy delivery and utilization. The Biomechanics Lab investigates the human body in motion, using experimental techniques including motion capture systems, EMG and force platforms.

Lower Level
In 2015, the lower level was completed featuring an anatomy and physiology Lab for the Kinesiology Department, shared semiar room, three specimen rooms, a Physics Shop and restrooms. The major design challenge for this project involved accommodating the anatomy and physiology lab with its stringent mechanical requirements to maintain adequate air quality for the instructors and students that occupy the space. The final scheme required the construction of risers through the building to allow new ductwork to connect to the building’s existing air handler; reducing the financial impact of the renovation. Finned elbows and a pair of booster fans installed in parallel minimize static pressure and allow the new lab to take full advantage of the air handler’s available capacity. Along the head wall is stainless steel casework with integral sinks beside each dissection table. The exhaust ductwork is integrated with the design of the cabinets – providing a coordinated, clean look. Maple finishes complement blue accent walls to give a warm, activated ambiance to an otherwise austere environment.

Photography: © Warren Jagger & Keitaro Yoshioka

George E. Marsh, Jr., FAIA

Diana Tsang, AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager/Architect