The Ohio State University
Burgess & Niple was retained to design a new Biology Research Laboratory to support the Life Science Research Program at OSU.
Flexible modular laboratories were programmed with a high ratio of support spaces. Alternative concept plans were evaluated and a modified linear equipment room concept was selected. This concept maximizes space efficiency and support space while maintaining flexibility and security. Shared space was maximized so research laboratory space could be reduced to provide maximum number of laboratory modules.
Specific performance objectives were agreed upon for each HVAC system prior to design. Durability, serviceability, flexibility, expandability, and safety were top priorities. Major duct systems are distributed horizontally overhead, immediately adjacent to all laboratory and support spaces, and looped for flexibility. Mechanical equipment space is split between basement and penthouse to increase floor efficiency, reduce building vibration, and eliminate entrainment of contaminated air.
The site is located at the intersection of green reserve space and nearby bio-medical research, academic, and residential facilities. The building partially wraps a parking garage to integrate existing architectural forms while linking an existing research greenhouse above the garage with new research facilities and existing teaching laboratories. Surface parking will be redeveloped into quadrangles, circulation paths, an outdoor classroom, and a botanical exhibition garden.
This building has a high concentration of shared laboratory support spaces and graduate student offices. The linear equipment room provides for pedestrian circulation, mechanical/electrical distribution, and space for shared laboratory equipment. This plan provides security for the laboratory block as a whole, and each individual room. Researcher and graduate offices are located remotely from the laboratory block so they can be accessed by the public and can benefit from natural light.