ZGF, in association with Page, programmed and designed the Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building (SEIR), a four-story, 229,206 SF hub for interdisciplinary research and innovation in multiple health science fields, including chemistry, bioengineering, neuroscience, biology, nursing, computer science, and kinesiology. SEIR will house purpose-built, flexible laboratories, in which a single neighborhood can be split between experimental, computational, or clinical space. In addition to their flexible design, the laboratories and related meeting spaces are designed to be highly transparent, to promote interaction between researchers, and to place “science on display.” The centrally located Great Hall provides views into laboratory spaces while tying together all other site and program elements, including a café, an executive conference room, and four state-of-the-art teaching and event halls. The building aligns with the University’s long-term Campus Master Plan, and the site design includes new outdoor spaces for the use of students, faculty, staff, and local residents. It will connect directly, via a two-story bridge, to the existing Life Sciences Building, growing the long-term value of an existing asset while increasing planning flexibility for the campus. The exterior design is simple and dignified with precise proportions and features generous windows and local Texas limestone. The building will exceed LEED Silver® standards for new construction, integrating the performance of the building’s massing, envelope, shading, mechanical system, and day-lighting potential.

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