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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