Fort Lewis College | Berndt Hall Biology Addition and Renovation

  • $16M
  • 32,000 SF
  • 2010
  • LEED Gold

The design for the Berndt Hall Biology Renovation at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO involved partial demolition of an existing single story structure and the infill of a 3-level lab, classroom, and office facility.

The basement level houses Zoology teaching labs with support prep rooms as well as specialized Specimen and Herpetological Rooms. Located on the south side of the ground level are several Agriculture labs with support prep rooms and a greenhouse. Supporting staff offices flank the north wall, looking into a featured landscape area in the void created between the renovated portion of the building and the new Chemistry Building to the north.

The second level features four Biology Labs and supporting prep rooms. Staff offices line the north wall and the student/staff seminar room at the northeast corner has views over the Berndt Hall quad and new Chemistry Building. A roof top mechanical penthouse serves the new addition’s air flow requirements.

The Lab classrooms and prep support areas feature fixed casework in a classic classroom configuration to fit the programs’ needs. They also feature specialized equipment such as chemical fume hoods, autoclaves, and a growth room to support the greenhouse.

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We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

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