Allan P. Colburn Hall, Laboratory & Chemical Engineering Building Newark, Delaware
The $23 Million addition to the Allan P. Colburn Laboratory & Chemical Engineering Building at the University of Delaware consisted of 50% renovation and 50% new construction.
The project included a new 40,000 square foot addition, designed and constructed as Phase I. A central common vertical utility spine was an integral part of the engineering, designed to serve both the Phase I addition and Phase II renovations. The existing 60,000 square foot, four-story laboratory facility underwent major mechanical/electrical/life safety systems upgrades to meet current codes and standards, and future loads.
Phase I was constructed while the existing building was occupied allowing research to continue, unabated.
The research facility required a unique program of chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer laboratories, faculty offices, classrooms and lecture halls. Lab planning focused on a standard generic research module and shared support spaces for all the science disciplines.
A significant effort went into the design of roof mounted mechanical equipment within an enclosured structure to preserve the aesthetic Georgian character of this architecturally iconic campus landmark.