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  Science & Technology Building, Fayetteville State UniversityScience & Technology Building, Fayetteville State University


Heery International, P.C.
434 Fayetteville Street, #1500, Raleigh, NC 27601

General Description

Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
LEED® Silver
Date Bid: Apr 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to Dec 2012
Total Square Feet: 65,048 Site: 1.4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 15,965; second floor, 15,053; third floor, 14,889; fourth floor, 14,525; penthouse, 4,616; total, 65,048 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 14’8”; third floor, 14’8”; fourth floor, 14’8”; penthouse, 17’; total, 64’. Basic Construction Type: New/II-B
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, zinc cladding. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, metal shaftwall drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Stewart - 421 Fayetteville Street, #400, Raleigh, NC 27601
Construction Manager at Risk Joint Venture:
Rentenbach Constructors, Inc. - 1102 Grecade Street, Greensboro, NC 27408
R. J. Leeper Construction, LLC - 601 Morris Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: McKim & Creed, Inc. - 1730 Varisty Drive, #500, Raleigh, NC 27606
Civil Engineer: Sepi Engineering & Construction, Inc. - 1025 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605
Landscape Architect: Surface 678, P.A. - 215 Morris Street, #150, Durham, NC 27701

The new Science & Technology Building is the most recent major new building on the Fayetteville State University campus in more than a decade, and represents a new major commitment to collaborative STEM learning. The building serves as a hub for academics; science; and social interaction, and a potential community hub that gives FSU the opportunity to extend its reach into changing southern North Carolina. The LEED® Silver targeted project responds to several new FSU climate, energy, and sustainability initiatives.

The new building completes an L-shaped quad of existing science buildings: the Lyons Science Building and the Lyons Science Annex. The west lab and classroom wing completes the U of the quad and resolves a significant grade change at the Annex, replacing a 10-foot tall entry staircase with a gently sloping lawn and on-grade entry.

The conical, zinc-clad Discovery Forum is the social hub of the building, and is developed to encourage and facilitate encounters between students and faculty of all disciplines. There is no formal lobby; rather, the first floor is a cafe with extended hours that serves the entire campus. Above the cafe, the upper levels contain seminar rooms, each with a series of "dormers" framing views of the quad. The Discovery Forum also connects the laboratory and faculty office wings with a highly transparent multi-level bridge containing wide seating areas and planned access to a future roof garden.

Rotated in plan, the office wing floats in the quad between the original Lyons building and a major north-south pedestrian axis. The two brick-clad wings are connected on the upper levels by a glass bridge that forms part of the Discovery Forum. Beneath the bridge, the quad flows freely through and around the office wing, forming an open, inviting natural amphitheater for both formal and informal uses. Shielded from intense mid-day sun, a formal plaza containing outdoor café seating extends to the north from the building's main facade.

The classrooms and laboratories are tall, airy spaces with generous windows. Open ceilings perform multiple duties, promoting building flexibility, ease of maintenance, and engaging students in a real-world way about science, energy, and sustainability. With light colors, light wood casework, splashes of color, and generous natural light, the new building offers a stimulating learning environment.

In 2009, after the concept study had been completed, the project was placed on hold for two years. When the project resumed, the program and budget were cut by 20,000 square feet and $10 million respectively.

Working in a tough economy, the entire project team: design, construction, and owner, were inspired by the opportunities this project represented. The creativity exhibited by all parties resulted in strategies that fulfilled all of FSU's project goals, with an iconic new building now representing FSU's future.

Product Information
Metal Roofing: Metal Sales
Membrane: Johns Manville
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Amtico, Armstrong, Mohawk Carpet Elevators: KONE

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