Swinerton worked with the architect to develop an innovative prototype of a STEAM facility, ensuring that it would be scalable and adaptable to easily serve as a framework for future campus expansion.
Edward J. Ray Hall consists of classroom, laboratory, office, and maker spaces, spread across a four-story, 50,000 GSF mass timber structure. An outdoor amphitheater will connect Ray Hall to the future Student Success Center and offers an outdoor gathering space for students and faculty. The project features a glulam post and beam frame and cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors and roof system.
By identifying complementary benefits between the mechanical system, building envelope, and the mass timber structure, the project was able to meet the goals for the prototype by incorporating all of the program needs, including laboratories and a cadaver lab; incorporating mass timber; and delivering on the University’s commitment to a Net Zero building.
By participating in the pre-application meeting with the AHJ, Swinerton was able to help identify and then support the architect in implementing an Alternative Means & Methods approach to maintain critical assembly use on lower floors, while also saving the project 2% through the strategy and approach to the building code.