Vassar College – Integrated Sciences Center

The centerpiece of this project was construction of the new Bridge Building spanning across the Fonteyn Kill and connecting to Olmsted Hall with a two-level skywalk. The project also encompassed renovations of the historic New England Building, Sanders Physics, and Olmsted Hall.

Client:   Vassar College
Designer:  Ennead Architects
Size:  157,000 SF

Project Features

  • New 80,000-SF steel-truss Bridge Building grounded on three foundation piers.
  • Suspended levels supported from HSS pipe steel hangers from the cantilevered girders below the truss.
  • Truss members shop assembled and hoisted in place in very long sections.
  • Complicated radial geometry with alignments between the interior and exterior work.
  • Sections of the building pre-loaded to force deflection out for façade elements.
  • Metal and glass curtainwall, fiber cement panels, curving aluminum panels, and a bluestone masonry veneer façade.
  • Multi-story lobby with polished concrete floors.
  • Two levels of lab and classroom space, faculty offices, gathering areas and café.
  • HVAC system combines general and lab exhaust, which are 100% exhausted at the penthouse level.
  • Unusual fire rated assemblies incorporated where dampers could not be used.
  • Complete underpinning of the 1904 New England Building foundation.
  • New England Building classroom space renovations and high-efficiency MEP systems.
  • Renovations at Olmsted Hall and the Sanders Physics Building updated classroom and faculty space.
  • New connector between Olmsted Hall and the Bridge Building.
  • Major expansion of the college’s central chiller plant.
  • Expansive landscaping overhaul.
  • Demolition of the Mudd Chemistry Building.
  • LEED Silver (pending)
  • Awards:  AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence, Chicago Athenaeum Award for American Architecture Merit Award, AIA/NY Merit Award, AIA/NY COTE Award
  • Architect Rendering – Video Tour

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