University of Minnesota-Duluth

Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building

Exterior view of the HCAMS entry and courtyard.
Students working in a lab with large windows.
Students working in a lab with transparent views to corridor and storage cubbies.
Students studying in a lounge space with floor to ceiling windows.
University of Minnesota-Duluth Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building
Dusk exterior view of HCAMS and connecting skyway.
Students walking in the skyway entry with window film that represents scientific graphics.
Students in corridor collaboration spaces outside of conference room.
Overall elevated exterior view of the HCAMS facility.
University of Minnesota-Duluth Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building
University of Minnesota-Duluth Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building
University of Minnesota-Duluth Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building
University of Minnesota-Duluth Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building
Rooftop solar panels and a view to Lake Superior.

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building

Duluth, Minn.

Originally designed to accommodate 300 students, the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s (UMD) 70-year-old chemistry facility now works to serve more than 450 chemistry majors and 5,500 interdisciplinary science students each year. To house the growing program, BWBR worked with UMD to design the new Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science (HCAMS) building — a high performance, yet simple, research and learning space that creates a new campus gateway, welcomes innovative corporate resources to campus, and sends UMD’s chemistry courses into the future.

The design builds connections to the campus through vertical rhythms and a complementary materials palette that reflects the regional geology. Large areas of transparency mark entry points and showcase the activities and people within the facility. In addition to closer strategic campus proximities, classrooms, research and teaching labs, and offices are all configured in a neighborhood concept that fosters a science community culture. A central circulation corridor and student gathering spaces on both ends of the building encourage casual conversations and cross-discipline collaboration opportunities.

Able to evolve with advances in scientific discovery methods and technologies, the HCAMS building is designed to serve UMD well for the next 65 years and beyond.

Size: 56,100 gross sq. ft.

Components: Labs for inorganic, organic, physical, and analytical chemistry; open research modules flanked with flex stations for Principal Investigators to increase or decrease their work space as required; easily reconfigured alcoves within each module accommodate flexible research needs; research labs; classroom/teaching labs; offices

Completion: 2018