When the newest University in the state – it’s Polytechnic University – solicited for qualifications-based responses for the design and construction of its new Applied Research Center – or A.R.C. – the number of interested firms was significant. Being the state’s newest and most innovative university, engineered from the ground up to push the boundaries of education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and being located in the state’s High-Tech Corridor, the new Applied Research Center would provide cutting-edge degree programs that would prepare graduates to take on today’s fastest-growing fields.
With almost no real facility design to refer to, PRESWERX and its contractor client had to rely exclusively on the facility program, and on the existing campus master plan, both of which shed some light on the needs of, and spatial constraints facing the new facility. With a gross square footage, wish-list of program space-types, and the outer limits of the building fixed by external constraints, PRESWERX and its partners devised several to-scale concepts of the facility, assigning and assessing cost of both the interior program spaces, and of the myriad of building skin options, based on the existing architectural vernacular of the newly established campus.