North Dakota State University
North Dakota State University’s new Sugihara Hall is a four-story laboratory intensive building that incorporates right-sized research labs with teaching labs, graduate student workspaces, classrooms, and a variety of student support and study spaces — all within an energy efficient design.
Entering the project with facility options, the team determined during programming the most effective solution was to create a new home for science teaching and research by replacing the existing Geosciences Building and Dunbar Hall on a site north of the hall. The new facility pairs advanced laboratory and research spaces with cross-departmental and campus connections to bridge academic interests and spur innovations with relevant research opportunities. The building includes more than 80 fume hoods, a new chemical storage room, proper chemical storage in the labs, and a new rock sample processing and storage. A backup generator protects sensitive research.
With connections to Memorial Union and Ladd Hall, the site of former Dunbar Hall has been transformed into a connective plaza in the heart of campus.
Designed in collaboration with architect of record, Zerr Berg Architects.
Size: 107,500 gross sq. ft.
Components: Right-sized research and teaching labs; graduate student workspaces and offices that can be accessed without entering the labs; student study spaces; connectors to nearby Halls