To facilitate the laboratory use of the new facility with high-powered microscopes, the new building structure was designed to meet strict vibration criteria.
BKBM provided civil and structural design for a new three-story, 100,000 square foot flexible lab/science building to lead the University’s efforts in a unique integrated learning approach. The building was designed for current needs and to facilitate future expansion. A new skyway linking the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) to the Wick Science building was included in the final project.
Civil design included site grading, utility design, design of a new loading dock, and stormwater management for the site that met Minnesota B3 Sustainable Design.
To facilitate the use of high-powered microscopes in the finished structure, several areas of the floor structure were designed to meet VC-A vibration criteria (2,000 µ-in/sec) and the fourth-floor mechanical space was designed to meet laboratory robot vibration criteria (4,000 µ-in/sec) as defined by AISC Design Guide 11. The building structure utilized composite steel beam floors, a combination steel beam/steel joist roof, concrete foundation walls, and concrete stair and elevator towers. The lateral resistance was provided by a combination of concrete shear walls and steel moment frames. Foundations were supported by conventional spread/strip footings bearing on engineered fill on the north side of the site and aggregate piers on the south side of the site.