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This state of the art graduate and research facility creates a new eastern edge to the core of the campus as well as the terminus of Towers|Golde’s master-planned north-south pedestrian corridor linking the arts and the sciences. The curvilinear mass of the structure is built into a steeply sloping site at the base of a woodland preserve. T|G’s landscape design emphasizes the forms of the building and the ecology of the site, extending the native vegetation of the hillside on to the campus while transitioning the slope with a series of indigenous stone walls interwoven with rain gardens/bio-swales which capture, filter and detain runoff from the roof, parking and pavements at the base of the building.
The plan accommodates complex patterns of through-campus pedestrian and bicycle circulation and provides new handicapped accessible routes across the challenging terrain. Numerous plazas and gathering spaces create nodes of respite.