Peterson Hall of Science
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Looking to enhance both science research and teaching on campus, Coe College renovated the 40-plus-year-old building with the goal to improve the functionality and adjacencies of the labs, offices and spaces supporting the physics, biology and chemistry departments as well as the general image and character of the building. Designers reconfigured spaces to create 18 new labs with new casework and benches and developed expansion options for the college to pursue as funds become available.
Solutions also included bringing more daylight and natural views into the building to create a lively atmosphere for teaching and learning. Seating and presentation areas within the corridors promote interaction and activities and encourage the exploration and discussion desired for scientific advancement. In addition to improving the learning atmosphere on campus, the project is a legacy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provided a grant through the National Science Foundation to help make the renovations possible.
Size: 46,500 sq. ft. (phase I); 1,200 sq. ft. (phase II)
Components: 18 new teaching and research laboratories; office and restroom upgrades; ceiling, flooring, lighting, window replacement; new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and network wiring
Completion: 2012 (phase I); 2013 (phase II)