Texas A&M University Emerging Technologies Building
As the first major building to define the College of Engineering quadrangle, Texas A&M ideated a space that was both collaborative, and able to accommodate future needs of the emerging technology and research initiatives. Not only a space that cultivated problem solving, but also offered an opportunity to showcase ideas and inspire students and visitors.
To help merge the spacial gap between the brightest minds across several engineering disciplines, we brought them all under one roof, to educate students and develop innovative technologies. At its core, the space has become a hub of activity, from social gatherings and events, to presentations and all-night planning sessions. Its design stimulates original thought and productivity, and is also vital for exhibitions to potential industry partners for financial coalitions and research grant funding. Collectively, we created a front door for engineering students and researchers to collaborate, cultivate ingenuity, and share revolutionary ideas.
Eco-friendly strategies implemented in the design include two enthalpy wheels with a variable speed lab tracking system that provides optimized HVAC energy efficiency. Daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors serve to reduce lighting demand, and low flow plumbing fixtures were selected to reduce water usage. We strategized further recycled water savings by including an on-site collection system that fulfills all of the landscape and irrigation needs. To filter that water, the naturally vegetated landscape elements and a rain garden provide natural filtration.