Integrated Science Facility
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Carleton College has made an big investment in the field of sciences with the new construction and renovation of existing spaces to become the Integrated Science Facility. The goals of the new and renovated spaces are to support integrated science education, support student-faculty research, enhance the strengths of current Carleton facilities and have the new and renovated spaces be flexible and adaptable. All of the sciences—including biology, chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, geology, physics and psychology will be brought together to accomplish these goals.
This complex project has many phases, beginning with the relocation of Chemistry and Physics offices, classrooms and labs housed in Mudd Hall, which is being demolished to make way for the new construction that will connect to the existing Olin Hall to the north and Hulings Hall to the west. An atrium primarily constructed of glass will connect the new construction to the two existing buildings. Some of the renovations to Olin and Hulings Halls will occur simultaneously with the construction of the new building, but a majority of the renovation of these two buildings will follow the completion of the new construction slated for the start of fall 2020.
Upon completion of both new construction and renovation, the complex will include 12 new or renovated teaching labs, 6 new classrooms, multiple computer labs, several collaborative spaces for students and faculty members, and a dedicated “maker space,” where people can fabricate metal objects and use 3-D printers to build prototypes. Wet laboratories that offer distilled, ultrapure, and chilled water, pressurized and liquefied gases, 220-volt power, fume hoods, and specialized storage for chemicals will be located in the new building, as well as in Hulings Hall. Dry labs will be located in Olin Hall, which also will have collaborative research space.
Carleton plans to have a net zero increase in energy use even though the new facility will add over 50,000 square feet.
- new: 51,672 sf
- renovation: 60,000 sf
Construction Progress Photos