MSU Chemistry Building: Addition and Renovations
Michigan State University recognized the chemistry building, despite numerous renovations over its 40-year life, was in need of further renovation and the addition of space. FTCH was hired to study the Chemistry Department’s needs and recommended a program to renovate and expand the facility. The project added approximately 31,000 gross sf over seven levels, to be used as offices, classrooms, and seminar rooms, and included the addition of approximately 20,000 gross sf in the existing building to create new classrooms/laboratories.
Additionally, the design allowed for significant expansion of the building’s HVAC system and accommodates two potential future additions. The lowest two levels of the addition, one of which was a high-bay mechanical space, were below grade, necessitating a 45-foot-deep excavation within a few feet of a main campus road that could not be closed.
FTCH acted as the sustainable design consultant, civil engineer, architect, performed mechanical and electrical commissioning, and was responsible for the LEED for New Construction Silver certified addition.