University of Akron
Project DescriptionThe New Polymer Science Building for the University of Akron was a joint venture with Richard Fleischman Architects, Inc. and Lawrence, Dykes, Bower and Clancy
The 160,000 sf high-rise twin tower teaching and research facility is used to house the chemical and physical laboratories. Since the size of the site was very limited, it necessitated the verticality of the design. Even though original budgets were developed for a more coventional laboratory structure, with 2 to 3 stories and a lower cost of construction than a 13 story high rise structure, this design was under budget!
The University wanted to make a statement to the world and the Polymer community with this building. They wanted to reinforce their presence as a leading institution in Polymer Science education and research. Thus the reflective glass facade was a tremendous departure from the other campus beige masonry buildings. Since experiments run continuously for 24 hours and longer, the lights of the internal nighttime activities are visible to the community through the reflective glass facade and makes it a part of the community.
DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE... DESIGNED FOR LIFE.