Achatz Hall of Science

University of Saint Francis | Fort Wayne, Indiana

Exterior Viewed from across Mirror Lake

  • 71,000 SF

    Including a 26,000 SF addition and 45,000 SF renovation

  • $20.5 Million

    Construction cost

  • Serving Students in the Sciences

    In laboratories, classrooms, a computer lab, and study areas

  • Phased Project

    Kept classes in session during construction

  • Connection to Nature

    Incorporated into the design

Modern spaces for scientific inquiry

The University of Saint Francis (USF) updated Achatz Hall of Science to support its science and medical programs. The renovated and expanded facility houses students and faculty in biotechnology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, physics, environmental sciences, and related subjects.

A 26,000 SF addition emphasizes connection to nature, with abundant natural light and a patio overlooking Mirror Lake. It includes laboratories, classrooms, offices, gathering/study areas, and an observation deck. USF also reprogrammed its existing 1960s science building, which houses laboratories, a lecture hall, a computer lab, conference rooms, offices, and study areas.

The entire facility received new HVAC, plumbing, electrical distribution, lighting, and technology systems, as well as updates to the existing laboratory ventilation system. The team also worked with USF users to develop a laboratory utility program, which was incorporated into the design.

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