UCAR | FL-4 Research Applications Lab and Office Remodel

  • $8M
  • 53,000 SF
  • 2011
  • design-build
  • LEED Platinum

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research purchased an existing three-story building with expectations to re-purpose it into a high-performance facility for the Research Applications Laboratory, which studies the effects atmosphere and weather have on our planet.

The original plan of the building is semi-circular, based on the distinctive Cray super computers of the late 1970s. The building also has a soft first story with the bulk of the program being on the second and third floor. The existing geometries offer a handful of design and organization challenges.

The new plan diagram provides clear hierarchy, circulation, node/destination while maximizing daylight, views, and public break-out spaces, while the new program calls for private and open offices and conference spaces for 160 engineers and scientists. The limited area on level one is dedicated to lobby and reception, staging labs and computer set-up areas.

The primary design goals for this project include an aggressive approach to reducing energy requirements, the incorporation of natural day lighting and clear circulation patterns, the space and opportunity for informal and formal gatherings, and a healthy and productive work environment.

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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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