The Engineering Building opened in 2000 to accommodate enrollment and address the need for a modern learning facility for engineering students. Oates provided site and structural design for the original 129,000 square foot, four-story facility. Continued growth at the school spurred the need for additional office, classroom, and laboratory space, as well as specialized space for equipment to support hands-on learning.
The expansion, a 32,000 square foot annex, connects to the original building via an enclosed bridge. The four-story addition to the northwest corner of the building complements the existing structure. In connection with the expansion, Oates designed a 400 square foot bio-swale to manage storm water runoff from the relocated service road. Oates also designed a 1,500 square foot patio constructed with pervious pavers. This project is striving for LEED Silver certification.
Oates provided LEED consulting, survey and site design.