Research Building III is a 25,000 square foot, three story multi-tenant research office and training building designed for North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. This structure is placed to complete a triad of research buildings at the western boundary of a main circulation path across a large pedestrian bridge.
While the first two floors are conceived as “shell space” for university researchers, the third floor is specifically designed for the Raleigh Forecast Office of the National Weather Service. Their complex demands required considerable attention to mechanical and electrical systems, including redundant HVAC systems for the forecast and computer rooms with an emergency power system.
The plaza between the three research buildings, also by HagerSmith Design, PA, is designed to accommodate accessible circulation, contribute visual interest and provide seating space. This plaza includes a series of ramps, steps, and terraced lawns to negotiate a moderately sloping site.