University of Kansas, Integrated Sciences Building
University of Kansas
The Integrated Sciences Building represents a paradigm shift in science education and research. The ISB is designed to maximize undergraduate engagement with faculty and researchers. By strategically co-locating teaching and research labs on the same floorplate and linking them with “student commons” collaboration spaces, the ISB will provide a platform for a new educational culture at KU. The ISB will initially be focused on material science, life sciences and chemistry research laboratories. The research labs are located on the east and west ends of the ISB, with chemistry teaching labs (organic, inorganic, general, analytical and instrumentation) as well as 240 seat auditorium and active learning classrooms occupying the central section of the building. The ISB is organized around two vertical “nodes” on the east and west sides of the building that not only provide the necessary vertical circulation and building services distribution, but also cluster conferencing, interaction and social spaces; providing both formal and informal spaces for discovery and learning.
ISB is also home to core laboratories for NMR spectroscopy, imaging (SEM, TEM, Cryo-EM, and Confocal Microcopy) x-ray crystallography, mass-spectrometry and two-separate ISO 4-8 clean rooms focused on nano-device fabrication (including E-Beam Lithography, FIB, CVD and sputter coating). The design embraces the idea of “science on display” showcasing the research, teaching and core laboratories with the goal of providing inspiration and discovery for undergraduates aspiring or considering a future in science.
Situated along the Jayhawk Trail, the ISB’s grade level is designed with a high-degree of transparency, inviting students into the building and blurring the line between building and landscape. As the ISB is located adjacent to the new student union, it is envisioned that there will be a high-degree of exchange between the two buildings creating a hub of activity for the new central district expansion establishing an anchor element for future development.