the building care was taken both in planning and in
detail to provide a livable, non sterile, productive
environment. Individual analyses are organized into
pods open to a corridor which allows user interaction
as well as access to common agents. The labs large windows
allow for natural light and views to the surrounding
landscape, improving the quality of the work environment
and reducing energy usage in artificial lighting.
gain and glare are minimized by louvered screens constructed
of sustainably harvested Ipe wood. Wood is also used
at the building corridor ceilings to create a less sterile,
more comfortable working environment. End of corridors
are glass walls to connect interiors to the exterior
and to bring light into the middle of the building.
office side of the building is composed of an airy,
light filled carrel area with custom maple wood shelving
and reading stand and private offices which line the
carrel area. The offices have glass walls on two sides
allowing light to reach deep into the carrel space and
to allow for views to the outside for both the analysts
and the management of the lab. The building was sited
to create a landscaped outdoor patio break area to the
south and a rolling lawn to the north, which allows
for future expansion. Through the use of elegant detailing
and a more refined finish, the lab has become the signature
building for the wastewater campus.
Metal Architecture magazine, Honor award.