American Structurepoint, Inc.
7260 Shadeland Station,
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Location: Newberry, Indiana
Date Bid: July 2012 Construction Period: Aug 2012 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 30,080 Site: 6.31 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 30,080; total, 30,080 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’2”; total, 20’2”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Concrete panel & steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Concrete
panels, cement board panels, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Developer: Keystone Realty Group LLC - 47 S. Pennsylvania Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
General Contractor: Keystone Construction Corp. - 47 S.
Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Mechanical Engineer: URS Corporation - 3950 Sparks Drive SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Electrical Engineer: URS Corporation - One Indiana Square, #2100,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a collaborative in-state
initiative designed to incorporate leadership from universities,
government agencies, and commercial enterprises to focus on the rapid
development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable, and
lightweight energy storage systems for defense and commercial customers.
The BIC's design reflects the advanced technology produced at this
facility and creates an anchor from which a growing industrial park can
develop an architectural language. The architecture is low maintenance,
flexible, and energy efficient to support the ideas that are important
to the BIC.
The building continues a similar material vocabulary to its contextual
surroundings, while using materials, patterns, and proportions to create
an interesting facade with minimal cost. Precast concrete with a simple
reveal pattern break up the long facade, and white cement board panels
with aluminum reveal system and horizontal metal panels provide variety
in material and shape. A vertical blue fin element contrasts with the
cement panels and creates a point of emphasis that notes the entry of
This state-of-the-art facility combines a welcoming lobby and office
environment at the building's entrance with a large-scale, versatile
laboratory space. The flexibility of the space was one of the client's
greatest goals, since daily changes in technology, research, and
production can quickly outdate such a facility with confined setups and
usage. Therefore, both the office and laboratory components are designed
to be adaptable environments and incorporate adjustable modular walls
and ceiling panels throughout for changes in equipment, power needs, and
capacity with ease and efficiency.
The white solid surface reception counter with bright gold front plays
off the theme of electricity and is a visual cue guiding movement
through the vestibule into the main lobby. The exterior vertical blue
fin and metal panel system is mimicked by using gypsum board with
reveals to create a similar blue fin that horizontally runs through the
lobby and further into the building, providing cohesion from the
exterior within the building. Designers provided a wire mesh ceiling
grid that gives a sense of a ceiling line, bringing the space down to a
more human scale. Tile flooring, carpets, and colorful accent walls
create a warmer office space environment in contrast to the neutral
color palette of the laboratory space.
Flexibility in the office area is created by designing a small shell
with a dimension depth that allows for a centrally located corridor
through the space. The floor plate is designed to place work spaces
freely throughout the open area, without impacting the exterior façade.
The open work spaces are created the same throughout, allowing different
users to equally use the space as needed. If there is a great influx of
staff for a particular test, the waiting area is designed to easily
transform into a work environment, incorporating furniture that converts
into work stations. The office area also contains a large conference
room and break room, with a ceiling height that gradually steps up to
the expansive laboratory space.
The transition between the office to the laboratory space contains fixed
support elements for both areas. Within the laboratory are the locker
rooms, electrical room, power electronics lab, machine shop, and dry
room. Flexibility in the laboratory space is of higher priority than the
offices. The structure accounts for this, with minimal large columns
dropping down through the spaces. This allows the equipment to be placed
in the most appropriate location, without concern for structural column
interference. The columns are also used to contain electrical boxes,
which further expands the usable space.
Efficiency became an important balancing act of the cost of square
footage versus the cost of equipment required to run the facility at an
appropriate level. The developer and the architect were able to reduce
the initial square footage projected for the project once they had a
full understanding of the equipment's needs and the facility's use. This
allows the BIC to maximize its equipment purchases, while providing the
space to still grow into.
The BIC is master planned to easily accommodate an expansion to the lab
area without interrupting daily operations, and the building position
supports ancillary buildings that can be added to the site in the
future. The facility contains ample parking near its front entrance,
with a solar parking canopy to charge electric cars. Truck and vehicular
access were provided to the canopy covered loading dock area at the rear
of the facility. The site was also designed in a way to plan for
stormwater detention, and utilities were extended from existing mains to
service the building.
With smart design strategies and a focus on future technological
advances, the architect created an adaptable environment to accommodate
progressive changes for a diverse group of users.
Precast Concrete Panels: Fabcon
Membrane Roofing: Firestone
Flooring: Shaw, Ergon, Mikado, Mirage
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall, Windows: EFCO, a Pella