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Campus.News Features: July 30, 2001

Design and Planning Moving Ahead for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building

Plans for the building of a center for biotechnology and interdisciplinary studies at Rensselaer call for a four-story building of about 200,00 square feet with a design that will mirror the nearby Quadrangle Complex residence halls along 15th Street.

The building remains in the schematic design phase, and changes may yet be made, but the latest plans call for a facility with nearly 113,000 total net assignable square feet, including about 36,000 square feet of laboratory space, 36,000 square feet of support space, and 40,000 square feet of office and other assignable space.


Plans for the building of a center for biotechnology and interdisciplinary studies at Rensselaer call for a four-story building of about 200,00 square feet with a design that will mirror the nearby Quadrangle Complex residence halls along 15th Street.

The center will be comparable in size to the George M. Low Center for Industrial Innovation.

The building will consist of four laboratory floors, plus a mechanical penthouse. The office wing along 15th Street will have three stories. The office wing parallel to a proposed new pedestrian walk will face south and have four stories.

The facility will be constructed on 15th Street, between the Low Center and Academy Hall. The expected occupancy is 60 faculty members, 333 researchers and graduate students, an administrative staff of 12, and a technical staff of 23, for a total occupancy of 427.

About two-thirds of these people will be new employees.

The cost of the building is estimated to total between $60 million and $70 million. Groundbreaking is expected early in 2002.

The design is a joint venture of two architectural firms with experience in biotechnology design - Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann of Butler, Pa., and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Pittsburgh.

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