Achatz Hall of Science
University of Saint Francis | Fort Wayne, Indiana
Exterior Viewed from across Mirror Lake
Including a 26,000 SF addition and 45,000 SF renovation
Serving Students in the Sciences
In laboratories, classrooms, a computer lab, and study areas
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.