The balance of room shape, size and material absorption facilitates speech intelligibility.
The striking five-story staircase encourages faculty, staff and students to take the stairs instead of the elevator, promoting physical health and casual interaction with others. The glass rails allow light to pass through.
The atrium is flooded with natural light, which aids humans’ circadian rhythm. It also saves energy.
Inside the building’s 44 offices, occupants can adjust their sit-stand desks and monitors, plus tune lighting to best suit their individual needs.
The floor-to-ceiling window at the front of the atrium has fins — blinds of a sort — that allow light to stream in, yet shade the glass to minimize solar heat.
The entire structure is constructed to mitigate the background noise that is often caused by mechanical systems.
Atrium glass wall fins
An intimate green space on the roof provides a connection with nature, helpful for mind and physical well-being.
DESIGNED WITH HEALTH IN MIND
The entry creates a new front door for the entire School of Nursing. Double doors and the vestibule capture dirt and particulates, reducing the amount of outdoor pollutants entering the building.
The warm air from the atrium’s heated floor naturally rises to occupant levels above. It will be welcoming on cold, raw and wet days.
Light is a major component in the new building. Interior windows provide interior offices with natural daylight and views into the atrium.
Decor includes a stunning wall composed of wood from trees removed from the site. The building uses natural finishes, colors and textures to support the occupants’ connections with nature.
Materials used were tested to meet Volatile Organic Compounds standards so they support healthy indoor air quality.