Yates Hall at CSU is a lab and classroom building on the main campus of the University. It functionally connects three different science departments while also creating a physical bridge and gateway to the campus via a dramatically arching pedestrian passageway at the center of the building. This facility houses undergraduate instructional labs for the Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry departments and includes four floors of lab space, break-out recitation/classroom areas and a 290-seat auditorium/lecture hall.
The Enivornmental Protection Agency relocated their National Enforcement Investigations Center into the Denver Federal Center Building 25. To accommodate these state-of-the-art laboratories and offices, the interior was gutted; asbestos, lead and contaminated materials removed. Two bays of floor and roof were demolished, creating the focal point space for a two-story daylighted atrium.
In keeping with EPA’s mission, mechanical systems were replaced for energy efficiency and user health and comfort. Old single pane steelmullion windows were replaced with energy saving tinted insulated glass with thermal break frames, and exterior masonry walls were insulated to conserve energy.
The National Wildlife Research Center Campus, located on the Foothills
Campus of Colorado State University, has constructed a new facility for
the purpose of researching invasive animal species from all over the world.
This "one-of-a-kind" project features simulated natural environment rooms
to recreate diverse temperature and humidity climates.
OZ Architecture has programmed and designed a building for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The facility is home to four ARS agencies: Great Plains Systems Research Unit, Soil-Plant-Nutrient Research Unit, Water Management Research Unit, and the Area Director's Office (ADO). With the exception of ADO, each unit required lab space for research. The laboratories were designed to occupy the core of the building, with offices for 175 people lining the perimeter. There are large meeting/conference rooms, unit libraries and meeting rooms, a 2,500 square-foot hydraulics lab, a sky-lighted lobby, and a patio. The use of indirect light fixtures and a central heating/cooling plant, make for an energy-conscious design.
Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM) is the world’s largest producer of salt, boron and talc. In 2007 RTM selected Greenwood Village, Colorado as the location for the new corporate headquarters, merging the existing subsidiaries of US Borax (Valencia, CA) and Luzenac America (Centennial, CO). OZ Architecture was hired to design the new facility utilizing elements of the RTM Global Workplace Standards in creating a new corporate identity for RTM.
The relocation site, a 100,000 SF existing speculative office building provided multiple challenges. The first challenge was the blend of significantly different business cultures into a new, energetic, international environment. It was key that this environment reflect the corporate mission, including collaboration, as well as the strong, corporate sustainable values. Second, the new facility also included the relocation of both the existing talc lab in Colorado and the borate lab from California.
OZ worked closely with RTM on the design and layout of integrating these functions into one, working 20,000 SF Research & Development lab. The project was designed and constructed under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® New Construction and is LEED® Silver Certified.
Occupying the basement of the University's Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Building, this facility's mechanical features include a back-up emergency power system, filtered and exhausted air with reclaim, back-up air supply and exhaust fans, and a hepa-filtered, 100% outside air supply. Other features of the facility include an isolation quarantine area for new animals, clean areas, cage wash and autoclave equipment, gasketed-steel light fixtures, and non-disruptive security entrances.
OZ Architecture has programmed and designed a new facility to house the U.S. Geological Survey's Fort Collins Ecological Science Center, which includes offices for 170 people, meeting rooms, computer rooms, library, metabolic and environmental growth chambers, and laboratories for vertebrate ecology, dendrochronology analysis, animal ecology, and biological analysis. Sunshades, light shelves, indirect lighting and high performance glazing are utilized as daylighting strategies to conserve energy.
The Wildlife Disease Research Building (WDRB) is a Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL3) facility for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center, located on CSU's Foothills Campus. The $15 million building will include offices, BSL3 laboratories, animal holding rooms, necropsy, washing and decontamination functions, including shower in and out protocols. The WDRB will provide the laboratory and animal holding/testing facilities for development of methods to prevent the introduction of wildlife-borne foreign animal diseases into the U.S.
Located on 17 acres North of Boulder, this facility originally consisted of three buildings connected by enclosed glass bridges. The expansion goal was to add space while maintaining a similar architectural vocabulary between distinct buildings. This emphasized distinguishing the buildings stylistically and aesthetically to maintain an exit strategy which allows the buildings to be sold separately should downsizing or relocation ever occur. The three-story office/administration building addition features a main entry with an atrium providing exceptional views of the mountains. Sunscreens add texture to the building facade and provide a tie to the existing buildings, while the 207-car parking structure acts as a base for the office building. The new warehouse and sterilizer facility is centrally located to facilitate efficient distribution to the other campus buildings. Loading docks are located on the Southeast side of the site for wind and snow drift protection while also easing truck circulation and reducing truck/pedestrian conflicts.