HagerSmith Design provided architecture, interior and site design services for this 72,000 square foot, 2 ½ story shell laboratory building which provides lab space for NCSU’s research partners. The building is prominently located at the corner of Varsity Drive and Main Campus Dr ive on NCSU’s Centennial Campus on a 2.6 acre site. Structured parking is provided on the interior of the site . The shell building features 16’ floor heights to accommodate future lab equipment and mechanical services, an oversized high capacity elevator and shared dock access. A common lounge area integrated into the building core promotes interaction between the building’s users.
FREEDM (Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management) Systems Center, an NSF Gen-III Engineering Research Center, is an anchor tenant. The shell building is tailored to meet their requirements which include a 2 story high bay lab space with drive-in outside access, electric car charging stations in the parking deck and roof top accommodation for photovoltaic and wind generation of electricity. Chases are provided on the second floor to accommodate laboratory HVAC and exhaust from first floor research partners such as the Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC). Also incorporated into the building are several “incubator” labs which will afford startup companies a place to call home.
The partnerships between NCSU and industry leaders housed in the Keystone Centennial Science Center provides hands on training to NCSU students and produce a industry-focused workforce.