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  Science and Technology Hall, Slippery Rock University, Page 50Science and Technology Hall, Slippery Rock University

IKM Incorporated
One PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

LOCATION: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
DATE BID: Feb 2004
Construction Period: June 2004 to Feb 2006
Total Square Feet: 73,406 
SITE: 4.5 acres. 
BUILDING SIZE: First floor, 29,222; second floor, 26,805; third floor, 17,379; total, 73,406 square feet. 
Building Height: First floor, 15’4”; second floor, 30’8”; floor to floor, 15’4”; screen, 9’; total, 55’. 
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, metal panel. 
Roof: Built-up. 
Floors: Concrete, metal deck. 
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

STRUCTURAL, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: H. F. Lenz Company - 1407 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Reginella Construction Company - 1501 Reedsdale Street, #304, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
COST ESTIMATOR: Crawford Consulting Services - 239 Highland Avenue, East Pittsburgh, PA 15112
THEATER AUDIO-VISUAL CONSULTANT: The Sextant Group - 730 River Avenue, #600, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The new Advanced Technology and Science Hall at Slippery Rock University is a state-of-the-art teaching facility with two public faces. Uniquely located at the southern entrance to the campus the building is sited with the public road on one side and the campus quadrangle on the other. The public facade presents a circular entry drive; a formal entrance that announces arrival at the university campus. The opposite facade respects the ever present foot traffic patterns established by hurried students as they make their way among campus buildings traveling from class to class. 

Composed of a two- and three-story section IKM’s design solution defines a context relating to the mix of buildings on the Slippery Rock campus. Material choices were selected to create unity with the existing campus. The traditional red brick matches the adjacent School of Physical Therapy (also designed by IKM Architects) and the corrugated aluminum panels and curtain wall pick up on the contemporary expression of the buildings located within the same quadrangle. These two new buildings speak of Slippery Rock’s commitment to the sciences. 

The Advanced Technology and Science building was built through Pennsylvania capital improvements funding. It houses 20 different teaching and research laboratories including biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and a 120-unit computer science laboratory as well as study lounges and faculty offices. The computer science program offers an accredited program in the study of information systems, information technology, computer science and healthcare informatics. 

Other rooms include a mini-auditorium seminar room, three 50-seat classrooms and two 35-seat “smart” classrooms. These smart classrooms provide computer-ready stations for students, overhead projection, and a faculty workstation that is fully integrated into the campus wide information network system. The new facility also features a ‘wired’ high tech student lounge and areas offering opportunities for informal student/faculty interaction. 

To support flexibility of assembly spaces on campus, one ‘wing’ of the new building contains a 350-seat auditorium, designed with a capacity for large lecture or classroom functions with seats wired for data and power connectivity. This fully equipped multi-function space offers a sound system useable for live productions, multi-media video capabilities, and special flooring for dance activities. 

In addition, pre-function spaces exist to accommodate special events including a gallery space and display cases with built-in wood seating on the ground floor corridor. A separate entrance is provided for the auditorium for events while access may be restricted to the rest of the building.

The Advanced Technology and Science Hall achieves the University’s goals identified in their campus master plan and completes the southern campus quadrangle creating a unified, collegial environment. 

DIV. 4: Brick: The Belden Brick Company.
DIV. 7: Manufacturer Building Panels: Citadel Architectural Products; Roof: Firestone
DIV. 8: Curtainwalls, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: VCT: Armstrong; Carpet: Shaw; Porcelain Tile: Crossville Ceramics; Gypsum: United States Gypsum. 
DIV. 14: Hydraulic Elevator: Schindler.

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