Oklahoma State University College of Human SciencesOklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74074
Design Achievement – The design of the new College of Human Sciences Building at Oklahoma State University consolidates programs previously scattered across campus into a single academic building. DLR Group worked closely with each department within the College of Human Sciences to ascertain specific needs and how their existing space helped or hindered the mission of each program. The new addition is organized around a three-story Great Hall which will showcase the current activities of all departments and include technology-rich learning spaces accessible to the University community, professional partners, and community members. From the child development labs, to teaching food preparation laboratories, science laboratories, design galleries, CERT and WP4 Labs, real world exposure and productivity will shape the learning experience. Informal social learning environments are integrated throughout the space to provide the interaction that supports learning and collaboration amongst departments. The architectural character of the building complements the existing Neo-Georgian style of the campus. The exterior of the building is a brick veneer accented with cast stone elements, dormer windows, and glazing and vertical stacks that take cues from existing buildings on campus.
Scope Summary – The scope of work for this project comprised a master plan and design for multi-phased additions and renovations of a 76,700 SF academic building. The design adds three floors of instructional, collaborative, and experiential learning spaces. The first level houses the Center for Beverage Education, restaurant laboratory, quantity foods kitchen, studio kitchen, café, gallery, and 300-seat auditorium. The second level is home to the partnering suite, a sub-dividable computer lab with 48 stations, and the HRAD faculty office suite. Informal quiet zones for student collaboration are carved out along corridors and atrium balconies. The third floor houses laboratory spaces for the Design Housing and Merchandising departments. A Sewn Products Laboratory is comprised of two rooms with an operable partition, allowing student access to the cutting tables and dress forms when class is not in session. The CERT Center and WP4 Lab are configured for maximum flexibility to support the use of the space as a teaching tool. The Auto-Cutting and computer labs are co-located for maximum efficiency. DLR Group provided master planning, architecture, and interior design services in collaboration with partner firm LWPB.