The 17,094 sq m A. James Clark Hall is the flagship building for the University’s School of Engineering that fosters broad interdisciplinary convergence in a dynamic innovation environment. The program includes flexible wet/dry labs and workspaces, a vivarium, general engineering teaching labs, meeting spaces, active learning classrooms, a flexible Forum, prototyping and a major team-based Innovation Makerspace for students.
Internally, systems are exposed and composed to form an orchestrated didactic integration of architecture and engineering in an open, transparent environment to inspire creativity for learning and discovery. The lower two floors constitute the primary public domain and are organized by the two-story high-bay Innovation Makerspace. This space spans most of the building and energizes an adjacent external campus passage. A two-story Forum serves as both an active learning environment and a major campus event space, with walls that open to the adjacent Innovation Makerspace.
The upper four floors contain highly-flexible loft lab environments and the vivarium. The lab floors are designed to enable maximum adaptability for constantly-changing research modalities, with service cores located at the periphery. This open, transparent and naturally-lit environment fosters dynamic interaction between wet/dry lab and co-working spaces.
A. James Clark Hall was designed with an iconic DNA-based veil that serves as a sustainable shade for the highly-transparent facade. Energy wheels, passive solar shading, high-efficiency chillers, displacement ventilation and 100% stormwater management are amongst many environmental stewardship features contributing to the building’s LEED Gold certification.