Science Complex Renewal

In accordance with President Reinharz's commitment to renew the University's science facilities through the addition of new space and the selective renovation of existing spaces, the University engaged Payette Associates, a nationally recognized architectural and planning firm with extensive experience in the planning and design of science buildings and hospitals, to develop a master plan for the entire Science Complex.

This master plan, prepared with input from University leadership and science faculty, staff and students, and the Offices of Capital Projects and Facilities Services, was completed in October 2005 and presented to the Board of Trustees in November 2005. 

Specific campus planning goals for the Science Complex Renewal Project as reflected in the Payette Science Complex master plan include opening up the Complex to the surrounding campus and facilitating circulation through the Complex.

Within the Complex itself, key goals are to create research and teaching-lab/classroom spaces appropriate for the top-tier research and teaching that characterize science at Brandeis and to foster connections between disciplines in the sciences through physical connections and the creation of interaction spaces at critical junctures within the Complex.

Payette provided full design services for Phase 1 of the master plan, which is in progress. Phase 1 includes the recently completed major new building of approximately 108,000 square feet, adjacent to Kalman. The new building, named the Carl J. Shapiro Science Center, is five stories tall, with teaching labs on the first two levels and three levels of research space above. The building also includes a two-level electronic library, an atrium, a café (opening date t.b.d), conference rooms, and interaction spaces.

The master plan calls for the eventual addition of another building (Phase 2A), which was schematically designed together with Phase 1 to ensure complete coordination. That future building is expected to include teaching labs, a large lecture hall, and three levels of additional Chemistry research laboratories. Phase 2 has been postponed, with no date set yet for moving forward.

The Carl J. Shapiro Science Center connects to Rosenstiel, and an additional multilevel connector has been added between Rosenstiel and Kosow. Selected renovations have been completed in Gerstenzang and Rosenstiel, and are underway in selected areas in Bassine (now nearing completion).

Move-ins to the Carl J. Shapiro Science Center are complete. The teaching labs on the lower and ground levels have been in use since summer 2009.

With the Shapiro Science Center complete, removal of Friedland and Kalman, the two oldest buildings within the Science Complex, took place. Friedland was removed late fall 2009 and the last shell of Kalman was removed in June 2010. An interim landscape plan for the space was put in place, with a new entrance garden to be located on a portion of the former Kalman footprint, adjacent to the back entrance to Shapiro Science Center.  Much of the remainder of the site will be used to provide the required access road for the Fire Department and service vehicles. In addition, much-needed visitor parking spaces and ADA and special-needs parking spaces have been added in the central area framed by the access road and in the portion of the former Kalman footprint farthest from Shapiro Science Center.  Planted areas surround and shield the parking areas. This work was completed in time for the start of the fall semester (apart from some plantings that were held off until weather conditions favored their chances for success).

Construction management was provided by John Moriarty & Associates.

Elements of sustainable design and construction incorporated in the Carl J. Shapiro Science Center are highlighted on the sustainability sign displayed in the Center.

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