The Park School – Science and Engineering Wing

Hord Coplan Macht recently designed the Science and Engineering Wing, a new 12,500 sf, two-story expansion of state-of-the-art learning/meeting/collaborating/making space.

The addition is designed to support collaboration and integration among the scientific disciplines that will allow, encourage, and inspire “cross-pollination” among the scientific disciplines within the new building.  The additional square footage allows for long-term and large-scale science and engineering projects and includes dedicated engineering and robotics space.

The building serves as a hub for on-campus field study, long-term research projects and longitudinal studies conducted in Park’s ISAMR (International Student-led Arctic Monitoring and Research) program.

It creates access to new outdoor learning spaces, pond, stream, and woods enhancing the connection to already ongoing campus field study and long-term research projects.

High visibility of long-term science and engineering projects provides inspiration across science disciplines; creates collaborative opportunities between and among students and faculty; and engages learners from across all three divisions.

The new Science and Engineering Wing serves as a visual backdrop to Park’s iconic pond.  The site location, a previously developed space, was chosen to minimize impact and preserve the campus greenspace.

Further, the opportunity to connect buildings (the Athletic Center, Science and Engineering Wing, and main building) enhances accessibility in and around the learning spaces.

In crafting the exterior design for Park, HCM’s approach was deeply rooted in the site’s distinctive context. The dynamic silhouette of the “butterfly” roof serves a dual purpose, allowing an influx of natural light into the second-floor laboratories and efficiently channeling rainfall to a thoughtfully integrated bioretention garden. The generous glazing, combined with a carefully curated natural material palette, enhances the aesthetic appeal and establishes a harmonious connection with the surroundings. The massing strategy employed contributes to creating a novel architectural identity for the wing and seamlessly integrates the structure within its existing context. This synthesis of form and function results in a design that is both innovative and responsive to the unique characteristics of The Park School.

Incorporated sustainable design strategies include: solar panels, energy-efficient mechanical equipment, low-flow plumbing, and more. The building achieved Net-Zero energy efficiency, generating at least 100 percent of its energy requirements.  The principles that support the building’s sustainable operations link to the science and engineering programming in the building itself, providing opportunities for research, observation, and curricular connections into the future.

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