Olaf College, Regents Hall of Natural & Mathematical Sciences|
Architect, Structural & MEP Engineer
Holabird & Root
140 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603
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.
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
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
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation Design Process
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
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
Lighting: Lutron Lithonia, Peerless Curtainwall, Entrances &
Storefronts, Windows: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Glass: Arch Aluminum Elevators: Schindler