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  North Dakota State University Research I AdditionNorth Dakota State University Research I Addition


Foss Architecture & Interiors
810 1st Avenue, N., Fargo, ND 58102

General Description

Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Date Bid: Feb 2012 Construction Period: May 2012 to June 2013
Total Square Feet: 33,263 Site: 1.2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Building Sizes: First floor, 16,949; second floor, 16,314; total, 33,263 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 17’6”; second floor, 14’8”; floor to floor, 17’6”; total, 34’6”. Basic Construction Type: Addition/II B.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: Precast concrete insulated panels. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Heyer Engineering, P.C. - 1020 36th Street, S.W., Fargo, ND 58103
Mechanical Engineer: Martin Mechanical Design, Inc. - 702 28th Avenue, N., #200, Fargo, ND 58102
Electrical Engineer: Vareberg Engineering, Ltd. - 1331 32nd Avenue, S., Fargo, ND 58103
General Contractor: Minko Construction, Inc. - 3335 35th Avenue, S.W., Fargo, ND 58104
Mechanical Contractor: Manning Mechanical, Inc. - 4210 19th Avenue, N., Fargo, ND 58102
Electrical Contractor: JDP Electric, Inc. - 803 28th Street, S., #A, Fargo, ND 58103

The North Dakota State University Research 1 Addition, located in the NDSU Research Park, provides much needed research space for the development of new technologies and procedures as well as having the ability to demonstrate effective procedures as applied in full scale production and manufacturing. The building program includes lab space, offices, conference rooms, atrium, chemical storage, and shipping and receiving. This addition was to blend with the existing building, making a connection to it, while at the same time considered a separate building in order to maximize the number of fire control areas available to the owner.

The plan features 8 large offices and 2 conference rooms on each of the two floors. An atrium that serves as meeting and break space features a second floor balcony with a connecting open stair with perforated metal risers. The 8 large labs with 23 chemical fume hoods, between the two floors, are designed with flexibility and safety in mind. The overhead service carriers are laid out on an 11-foot 6-inch module. All of the lab furniture is moveable to promote lab flexibility. The fume hoods, built-in casework with sinks, and tank farms are located on the perimeter of the lab spaces. The offset plan of the new addition in relation to the existing building affords needed space for an equipment yard and shipping receiving space at the back of the house.

The new addition is a two story steel frame structure with exterior load bearing insulated precast concrete wall panels. The main floor is slab on grade, the second floor structure is precast concrete plank and the roof is metal deck on steel joists. The building connection to the existing research building was accomplished with a two story atrium that has a glass curtain wall extending from the floor to the roof, thus allowing ample light into the space that also serves as light source to the existing exterior windows that are now interior to the space. The wall panels terminate at the corners of the plan allowing for precast columns and a segmented curtain wall to create a rounded corner mimicking the original building. The insulated precast panels also provide much needed acoustic attenuation from the busy air traffic from the adjacent Hector International Airport.

The building is supplied with heat from the campus central steam system and a heat recovery unit located on the roof recovers from the exhaust air. Cooling is provided from a central chiller located between Research 1 and Research 2 buildings.

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