Bard College Center for Science and Computation

The Reem/Kayden Center for Science and Computation is a dramatic curved structure that makes 69,500 SF housing laboratories, offices, and teaching facilities. The west side of the building contains 16,000 SF of laboratory space adjacent to large open spaces for interaction between faculty and students. Laboratories are designed with a flexible modular bench-and-bollard system that can be easily reconfigured. The Center contains specialized areas for Zebrafish research, two environmental rooms, cognitive systems lab, NMR room, robotics room, computer teaching elliptical room, and a hardware research lab. Faculty offices in the chemistry wing feature research labs for faculty-directed projects. The east side of the Center contains a lobby/common space with three elliptical classrooms and one elliptical meeting space. At its center is an egg-shaped, 62-person auditorium. The entire facility is heated and cooled using geothermic technology. The mechanical system features enthalpy heat recovery wheels to supplement the sustainable profile of the building. This exciting facility was designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers. The preconstruction process represented a collaborative effort between the architects and engineers to coordinate, budget and provide constructability reviews very early in design.