Slippery Rock University Advanced Technology and Science Hall

Location: Slippery Rock,  PA
Completion: 2006
Project Area: 76,000 ft2
Services: Architecture, Planning, Interior Design

The new Advanced Technology and Science Hall at Slippery Rock University is a 76,000 square foot building with two front doors. Uniquely located at the southern entrance to campus the building faces the public road on one side and the campus quad on the other. The public side presents a circular drive; a formal entrance that announces arrival at the University campus. The other respects the ever present foot traffic patterns established by hurried students as they make their way among campus buildings traveling from class to class.

Composed of two- and three-story sections IKM’s design solution defines a context relating to the mix of buildings on the Slippery Rock campus. Material choices were selected to create unity. The traditional red brick perfectly matches the adjacent School of Physical Therapy (also designed by IKM Architects) and the corrugated aluminum panels and curtain wall pick up on the contemporary expression of the buildings located within the same quad. Together the two new buildings speak of Slippery Rock’s commitment to the sciences on campus.

The Advanced Technology and Science building was built through Pennsylvania capital improvements funding. It houses 20 different teaching and research laboratories including biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and a 120-unit computer science laboratory as well as study lounges and faculty offices. The computer science program offers an accredited program in the study of information systems, information technology, computer science and healthcare informatics.

Other rooms include a mini-auditorium/splendid seminar room, three 50-seat classrooms and two 35-seat “smart” classrooms. These smart classrooms provide computer-ready stations for students, overhead projection, and a faculty workstation that is fully networked to the campus wide information system. The new facility also features a ‘wired’ high tech student lounge and areas offering opportunities for informal student/faculty interaction.

Not strictly limited to science, one ‘wing’ of the new building contains a 350-seat auditorium, designed with a capacity for large lecture or classroom functions with seats wired for data and power connectivity.  This fully equipped multi-function space offers a sound system useable for live productions, multi-media video capabilities, and special flooring for dance activities.

In addition, pre-function spaces exist to accommodate special events including a gallery space and display cases with built-in wood seating on the ground floor corridor. A separate entrance is provided for the auditorium for events while access may be restricted to the rest of the building.  A mini-prep kitchen for food service and staging with a convenient ticket/concession window are adjacent to the auditorium.

The Advanced Technology and Science Hall achieves the University’s goals identified in their campus master plan and completes the southern campus quad creating a unified, collegial environment.