As part of an initiative to add a four-year professional engineering degree to the Campus’s curriculum, IKM worked with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to examine the campus’s Engineering and Science programs. The goal of the project was to examine existing departmental utilization and define programmatic needs to meet the forecast demand of expanded program offerings.
The specific focus of the project involved the Schools of Engineering and Chemistry to determine new and expanded Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Bio-Chemistry labs and related support and faculty office space. In addition, the project defined programming for new engineering instructional spaces including Design-Build Labs, Maker Spaces, Fluids, Motion Capture, and Material Testing labs. Of specific note was the programming of interdisciplinary collaboration and learning spaces designed to cross-pollinate shared projects and activities between multiple science and engineering sub-disciplines.
After completing the study, IKM was selected to perform design services for the renovation of the Engineering and Science Building and Krebs Hall. The renovation of the E&S Building, constructed in 1973, and the Physics laboratory space in Krebs Hall improved existing academic spaces that support STEM education on the Johnstown Campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
The project consisted of a 65,400 square foot renovation to encompass the laboratories, classrooms, offices, storage, and student lounges and club designated spaces for the Engineering Technology and Chemistry departments.
The program identified: engineering instructional labs, chemistry instructional and research space, classrooms, lecture halls, 38 faculty offices, and related work spaces.
The design sought to incorporate more opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and informal meeting space within the existing building footprint. In addition, exhibit space that is popular in scientific communities as an extension of learning and sharing knowledge was included for the Chemistry and Engineering departments.