Lake Erie College Austin Hall of Science391 West Washington Street
Painesville, OH 44077
Design Achievement - Built in 1963, the existing Austin Hall Science Center located on the Lake Erie College campus was in need of renovation. DLR Group|Weslake Reed Lekosky’s design for the updated building creates a facility that is both a model of environmentally-responsible design, and a place where students and teachers can come together to engage in advanced, cutting-edge science education programs. The exterior of the updated Austin Hall Science Center, once a stark and Brutalist-style façade, now complements the traditional style of architecture across the campus, as red brick and stone details replace steel, concrete, and pre-cast wall panels. Upgraded modern classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratory spaces, and an expansive lecture hall serve the College’s chemistry, math, environmental science, and pre-veterinarian programs, and enable the Science Center to serve as a “hub” for student-led field studies in San Salvador and the Bahamas. Each floor of the building includes an open common area where students and faculty can gather, relax, and share information in an informal setting.
Scope Summary - The scope of this project encompassed improvements to approximately 25,500 SF of space across two building floors. This included the creation of nine laboratories, five classrooms, and offices for use by math and science department faculty members. The building’s exterior was stripped down to the bare structure, and re-built to accommodate modern classroom and laboratory spaces. On the exterior, the pre-cast concrete panels were removed and a new exterior wall of red brick, double-hung windows, and stone details was constructed to complement the aesthetic of nearby college buildings. A new elevator was installed to provide improved handicapped accessibility as well as make transporting supplies to all floors of the building easier. The project also included all new furnishings, lab tables, and lab hoods. DLR Group|WRL provided integrated architecture, MEP and structural engineering, interior design, and technology design services.
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