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|The firm well known for designing the seven-year renovation of Harvard?s fabulous Weidner Library is still at it in academia. EYP Architecture & Engineering is on the drawing board and in construction with higher ed science buildings in Massachusetts, Texas, and elsewhere.|
|We snapped Carter Reich, Jared Harris, Valerie Towe, and VPLeila Kamal, designers of the $45M Center for Scientific Inquiry and Innovation at Wheaton College in Norton, now under construction. It includes 75k SF of new and 24k SF of renovated space and will be ready for classes in the fall and completely done by December. The center will house biology, chemistry and physics teaching and research labs. For the new style ofteaching, the building is dotted with informal meeting places at the ends of corridors and next to labs for young scientists to mull over ideas with classmates and instructors. Seeking LEED Silver, the glass clad building overlooks the type of wetlands some students will study, says Heather Taylor, an EYP principal (pictured below).|
|Heather (second from left) is conferring with Sam Robinson, David Foxe, Matt Holmes, Leila, and Peter Miner. She's on a team designing the new 65k SF Center for Science and Innovation for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. (We notice the word Inquiry didn't make the name of this building . . . but we won't question it.) At $40.8M, it is the state's largest investment of its kind in often overlooked western Mass, Heather tells us. One goal for the center is as a workforce pipeline, producing biologists and environmental scientists for industry in Berkshire County. The academic center (where chemistry, physics and psychology will also be taught) will get into construction late this fall and be completed by fall '13.|
|Jared Harris, Toni Loiacano, Erin Allen, and Paul King puzzle over the design for Phase III of the Center for Science and Innovation at Trinity University in San Antonio. Phase I was completed last summer and Phase II will wrap spring ?12. The total construction cost for the entire 215k SF Center is $84M. It will accommodate the university?s integrated undergrad science program thatcombines engineering with traditional sciences.|
|Kristen Steinhoff, Bob Pahl, Jason Olsen, Jeremy Oberc, Kip Ellis, and Mark Keiser this month crossed the finish line with the schematic design of the $25M new science building for Oxford College of Emory University, aiming for LEED Silver. Acknowledging the gifts of a southern climate, Heather says the new building's east-west orientation manages exposure to thesun, while an architectural brow shields offices and media spaces from glaring daylight. To take advantage of all the warm weather, the 50k SF building features an outdoor classroom with granite chalk board. The fa ade uses the region-friendly material like granite and the building has a green roof.|