Project: University of Alaska – Anchorage Integrated Science Building Client: University of Alaska – Anchorage Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Type:Educational Square Footage: 120,000
ECI/Hyer and ZGF Architects of Seattle were called upon by the University of Alaska Anchorage to design and develop a complex facility to consolidate science teaching and laboratory facilities on the existing UAA campus. The state-of-the-art Integrated Science Building transforms science education by housing instructional and research laboratories, plus modern classrooms for lab-based science programs such as Astronomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and other degree-seeking fields. The facility also houses analytical labs, an auditorium, planetarium, and a vivarium. Its 120,000 SF, modular-style environment is designed to foster interaction between scientific disciplines, creating a collaborative community of science education in Alaska’s major center of commerce, medical care, and construction. The project required sustainable design measures be taken to avoid damaging the surrounding forest and wetlands.