In 2015, Colorado State University sought to create a new chemistry building that would support service-intense laboratories for research and renovate an existing building for less fume hood-intense teaching laboratories.
The greatest challenge was changing the behaviors and expectations of a research faculty who for decades had maintained separate research space, moving them into open, flexible, and shared laboratories. This strategy gives CSU a lower overall operating cost and greater flexibility in adapting to new types of research or changes in faculty.
RATIO’s team collaborated with the steering committee to create a baseline open lab concept that would meet the needs of three categories of research – Synthetic Organic, Synthetic Inorganic, and BioSynthetic. These three lab prototypes represent the flexible foundation for modern chemistry research. For each concept, RATIO worked with a smaller subcommittee to develop short-term fit out specifications while maintaining the vision of a research building with long-term flexibility.
In all, this 62,000 sq. ft. building will provide capacity for over 130 researchers and more than 125 fume hoods.