Inspired by a changing, multidisciplinary approach to research and education, CSU’s College of Engineering imagined a research environment where faculty and students of biomedical engineering, bioanalytic devices, synthetic biology, health and energy, and environmental engineering could work across disciplines to solve the world’s critical problems related to health, the environment and energy.
This LEED Gold bioengineering building provides more than 43,000 sq. ft. of multidisciplinary laboratories and research offices; 16,000 sq. ft. of classroom space and collaborative work areas; 10,000 sq. ft. of administration space; and a 24-hour study space.
The building’s design fosters innovation and collaboration through a straightforward plan establishing a lab zone and a research office zone. Each is connected by a naturally ventilated three-story atrium featuring seating for collaborative meetings. A glass wall along the lab zone allows visitors to witness the research activities inside. Easily reconfigured casework addresses the need for flexibility in research environment.
RATIO’s design team also worked closely with researchers to create shared equipment rooms that reduce duplication of expensive equipment while still separating some of the more environmentally sensitive processes.