Mosaic Associates’ design for the Hudson Valley Community College science center created 100,000 square feet of LEED Silver certified space filled with the latest cutting-edge technology.
The three-story, $47.4 million building houses 25 laboratories, 11 classrooms, a conference space, a science study center, faculty and staff offices and a greenhouse.
“It looks great,” said HVCC Science Department Chairman Dr. Peter Schaefer. “It really stands out at the front of the campus as a landmark to the college’s commitment to science.”
The building offers students the opportunity to explore new technologies and master the use of cutting-edge equipment, including high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectroscopy; confocal microscopes; flow cytometers and sorters, advanced digital microscopy; DNA sequencers; real-time PCR detection systems; and automated protein/RNA electrophoresis.
Mosaic took a team approach to the building design, drawing upon the expertise of a number of specialists, including Payette Associates of Boston. HVCC faculty and administration had substantial input to the design.
“The construction of any science center is a complex project,” Dr. Schaeffer said. “Because the college allowed the faculty to be involved, I think it turned out to be a much more successful project than some I have seen. Mosaic’s involvement, and their frequent contact with us, helped a lot in that direction.”
Science center creates opportunities
Moving the sciences departments to the new building created vacancies in three existing campus buildings – Brahan Hall, Amstuz Hall and Fitzgibbons Center, all built in the 1950s and 1960s.
Mosaic was engaged to participate in transforming the buildings into the 100,000-square-foot Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center. HVCC staff did the lighter renovation work inhouse, relying on Mosaic to plan and design the demolition of labs that contained asbestos and hazardous materials and repurpose them into well-ventilated classrooms, office space and common areas.
“One of things that I like … is that their designs are very maintenance friendly. I don’t get a lot of buyer’s remorse from using them, because there are not a lot of things that pop up afterwards that we have to deal with.” – HVCC Director of Facilities Richard Edwards
In addition to asbestos abatement, Mosaic’s work encompassed the renovation and upgrade of toilet rooms, stairwells and corridors, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and AV/IT, including design and construction for six separate academic departments.
Care was taken to incorporate the buildings’ structural systems, such as mechanical and plumbing chases, for efficiency with the design space and budget. Dark, cramped offices were opened up, and appropriately sized classrooms and testing labs were created. A large, welcoming suite for the Individual Studies population occupies the southwest corner, balanced by the New Student Academic Planning Room and Liberal Arts Advising suite to the east.
Four classrooms and two testing rooms, one of which can also serve a distance learning classroom, as well as various faculty and administrative areas, were created from the existing lab and technical services spaces.
Completed in 2015, Fitzgibbons houses HVCC’s adjunct faculty offices for History, Philosophy and Social Science, Dental Hygiene, Individual Studies, Liberal Arts, Mortuary Science, Nursing, the Workforce Development Institute and administrative offices for Alumni Affairs, the HVCC Foundation, Instructional Support Services and Retention, Testing, the Dental Clinic and New Student Orientation sessions.
“Mosaic has done a lot work for us,” Director of Facilities Richard Edwards said. “One of things that I like about them is that their designs are very maintenance friendly. I don’t get a lot of buyer’s remorse from using them, because there are not a lot of things that pop up afterwards that we have to deal with.”
Mosaic is currently working with HVCC on a $14.5 million, 37,000-square-foot state-of-the-art training and education facility on Hudson Valley’s Troy campus to be called the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills.