Fort Lewis College | Chemistry Building Addition and Renovation Ph I and II

  • Phase I
  • $1.6M
  • 8,600 SF
  • 1997
  • Phase II
  • $5.7M
  • 26,293 SF
  • 2000

Due to the size and the location of the project at Fort Lewis College, it has a significant impact on the south end of the campus. The design solution takes advantage of the project’s unique position in Berndt Hall to create a new building entrance and point the way for the Phase II addition.

In Phase I an existing 250-seat lecture hall was gutted to allow the insertion of 8,626 square feet of lab space on two stories. The upper level comprises a cell biology laboratory, a biochemistry laboratory, and balance, chemical storage, instruments and tissue culture rooms. The ground floor includes support spaces, a laser laboratory, seminar room, 80-seat lecture hall, molecular modeling room, and computer laboratory.

Phase II expands the existing Berndt Hall and provides a new home for the nationally recognized Chemistry department. It provides a new terminus for the newly master planned Campus Green, as well as creating a new Science Court, to be utilized by the Biology department as an outdoor laboratory.

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