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  St. Olaf College, Regents Hall of Natural & Mathematical SciencesSt. Olaf College, Regents Hall of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Architect, Structural & MEP Engineer

Holabird & Root
140 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603

General Description

Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Date Bid: Jan 2007 Construction Period: Jan 2007 to Oct 2008
Total Square Feet: 196,187 Site: 4.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three.
LEED® Platinum
Building Size: First floor, 49,924; second floor, 55,336; third floor, 47,962; fourth floor, 38,546; fifth floor, 4,419; total, 196,187 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’; second floor, 16’; each additional floor, 16’; floor to floor, 16’; penthouse, 19’; total, 85’ maximum, 49’ average.
Basic Construction Type: New/Concrete Pan Joist.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: CMU, curtainwall, Mankato-Kasota stone.
Roof: Built-up, membrane, living roof. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

LEED® Points Achieved
Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation Design Process

57 Total







Construction Team

General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Boldt Corporation - 2525 North Roemer Road, Appleton, WI 54911
Landscape Architect: ML Baird & Company - 115 West Avenue, #202, Jenkintown, PA 19046

The Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics (FNSM) once occupied space in three separate buildings without a unifying element. Furthermore, the buildings no longer adequately served the needs of the students and faculty. Holabird & Root completed a feasibility study with basic space allocations, massing models, and cost analysis for the FNSM facilities. Based on this study, St. Olaf College retained Holabird & Root to design a new 196,000-gross square foot science complex with a connector to an adjacent 17,500-gross square foot teaching facility, which Holabird & Root also renovated. Holabird & Root's design encourages interaction among the science disciplines by intermixing informal gathering spaces, student study spaces, and offices throughout the facility. The building's center features a beautiful glass atrium with views out in three directions.

The project provides new classrooms, tiered lecture rooms, research and teaching laboratories, and offices while consolidating the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and mathematics. The design incorporates specialized spaces for anatomy neuroanatomy, animal facilities, and laboratories for optics, computational physics, physiology, genetics, microbiology/immunology, and biochemistry. The new science facility also includes a greenhouse, an accessible green roof, and a science library.

The facility earned Platinum level certification as quantified by the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system. This facility is the first major science facility in the country designed with an emphasis on "green chemistry," a developing trend that seeks to minimize the need for hazardous chemicals in lab experiments. As a result, the building has significantly fewer fume hoods than the old science facility, thus furthering the College's ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.

Product Information
Gypsum: National Living Roof: Green Grid
Flooring: National Terrazzo & Mosaic, Inc., Nora, EcoSurfaces, Johnsonite, Bentley, Miliken
Storage: SpaceSaver Mobile Storage, MAX Adaptable Systems
Casework: Thermo Scientific Fume Hoods: Concept
Lutron Lithonia, Peerless Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Glass: Arch Aluminum Elevators: Schindler

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