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.
- 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
Tags: Academic, Bridge, CM, Historic, New York, Preconstruction, Renovation, Science/Laboratory, Signature Project