H-STEM Building Project

Harley Ellis Devereaux H-STEM Proposal

In April of 2019, Michigan Technological University did an open and general Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Architect/Engineering Services, and received Qualification Statements from 7 firms.  Of these the University Selected 3 for on-site interviews, and requested fee proposals.  Of these 3, Harley Ellis Devereaux was selected as the best value and highly qualified firm.  HED is a national Architectural/Engineering firm, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.  The project team working on our project is coming from their Chicago and Detroit offices.  Their Qualification Statement is available for viewing HERE.

The following list of Project Goals came from the Visioning process and report completed by Paulien & Associates, and was utilized by HED as the starting point for the project design.

Project Vision/Goals

  • Create a showcase facility that has a positive impact on health-related research activity and the recruitment of faculty and students
  • Put research on display
  • Support research-based discovery learning
  • Encourage inter-discipline teamwork and behaviors through thematic rather than departmental grouping
  • Reinforce the Michigan Tech culture of collaboration
  • Provide quality daylight and views for all
  • Orient and shape new addition to reduce energy
  • Showcase a highly sustainable approach to stem education
  • Be responsive to the intensity of the Houghton winter season

The following projects are recent projects from other State of Michigan Universities that best exemplify the Vision and Goals desired for the Michigan Technological University’s H-STEM Complex.

Project Precedents

Wayne State University Integrative Bioscience Center

  • 206K
    gross square feet
  • 78K
    gross square feet addition
  • $78M
    total
  • Gold
    US Green Building Certificate

Integrative Bioscience Center Footprint

Wayne State University iBio Lab

Accomplishments

  • Large, flexible shared lab space
  • Shared lab support space
  • Collaborative research
  • Transparency
  • Proximity of office space to lab space
  • Large public space (soft space)
  • Collaborative space
  • Research on display
  • Public engagement
  • 'Wow' factor
  • Public engagement
  • Transparency
  • Collaborative space (soft space)

Building Area Analysis

Integrative Bioscience Center

20% of the Wayne State Integrative Bioscience Center's total net area comprises the collaboration, conference, and lounge spaces.

Wayne State iBio First Floor Plans  
Wayne State iBio Second Floor Plans
Wayne State iBio Third Floor Plans

Murchie Science Building Expansion

Currently under construction, only 19% of the Murchie Science Building Expansion's total net area will comprise the collaboration, conference, and lounge spaces. This is only 55.6% Net to Gross square footage efficiency.

University of Michigan Murchie Science Building Expansion

Sustainability Goals and Energy Targets

Ten Measures of Sustainable Design

  1. Design for Integration
  2. Design for Community
  3. Design for Ecology
  4. Design for Water
  5. Design for Economy
  6. Design for Energy
  7. Design for Wellness
  8. Design for Resources
  9. Design for Change
  10. Design for Discovery

Sustainable design principles should be used in the design and construction of capital outlay supported projects; the LEED Green Building Rating System is a convenient and industry accepted standard of reporting and measurement.

Energy Targets

Energy use intensity (EUI) expresses a building's energy use as a function of its size, typically in energy per square foot per year (kBtu/sf/yr).

Michigan Technological University
Benchmark pEUI Notes
APPA Average for Research Higher Ed Campuses 162  
MTU Campus Average 152  
MTU Research Building Average 212 Figure is reduced by non-research buildings on campus
Chem-Sci Energy Use FY2019 225 Range of 200 to 225
I2SL Benchmarking Tool (Median) 296 Specific to climate zone 7
Michigan Energy Code (IECC 2015) 104 *This analyzed for addition only using 25,000 Lab and 61,400 sf higher education baseline data from AIA 2030
IECC 2018 98 *This analyzed for addition only using 25,000 Lab and 61,400 sf higher education baseline data from AIA 2030
AIA 2030 Commitment Goal 58 *This analyzed for addition only using 25,000 Lab and 61,400 sf higher education baseline data from AIA 2030

Program Summary

Net Department Areas (Renovation)
Level Department Area
Level B1 Collaboration 1,191 SF
Level 1 Collaboration Circ 219 SF
Level 1 Lab Support 2,487 SF
Level 2 Collaboration Circ 216 SF
Level 2 Lab Support 3,576 SF
Level 3 Collaboration Circ 185 SF
Level 3 Lab Support 3,006 SF
Total:   10,879 SF
Net Department Areas (New—Basement)
Department Area
Circulation 682 SF
Support 3,289 SF
Level B1 Total: 3,970 SF
Net Department Areas (New—First Floor)
Department Area
Circulation 530 SF
Collaboration 4,098 SF
Collaboration Circ 645 SF
Department Office 488 SF
Education Circ 542 SF
Faculty 1,104 SF
Graduate Students 2,198 SF
Research 8,565 SF 
Support  638 SF 
Level 1 Total: 18,806 SF 
Net Department Areas (New—Second Floor)
Department Area
Collaboration 689 SF
Collaboration Circ 3,085 SF
Department Office 488 SF
Faculty 2,298 SF
Graduate Students 2,400 SF
Research 5,448 SF 
Support  556 SF 
Level 2 Total: 14,964 SF 
Net Department Areas (New—Third Floor)
Department Area
Collaboration 1,065 SF
Collaboration Circ 3,159 SF
Department Office 488 SF
Faculty 2,298 SF
Graduate Students 2,400 SF
Research 8,170 SF 
Support  556 SF 
Level 3 Total: 18,135 SF 
Gross Building Area
Level  Area 
Level B1 4,333 SF
Level 1 19,482 SF 
Level 2 19,702 SF 
Level 3 19,720 SF 
Total: 63,255 SF 

Planning Concepts

Programming Considerations

Lab, Lab Support, Shared Support (CORE)

  • Lab/Bench Space
  • Lab Support: e.g. tissue culture, microscopes, fume hood alcove give number of hoods needed in each lab
  • Shared (CORE) Support: e.g. imaging equipment (microscopes, etc.) analytical equipment (GC, mass spec, etc.) common refrigerator rooms

Standardization of Program Areas

  • Research Laboratories SF/PI Programming Considerations
  • Flexible Multidisciplinary Labs
  • Lab Support

Site Analysis

Site analysis of Michigan Tech's campus future site for the H-STEM building

Highlights:

  • Steam Tunnels on the east, south, and west sides of the Chemical Sciences Building (Chem-Sci). 
  • Main Entry and secondary entry points into the Chem-Sci Building on the west and east sides.
  • Feature Oak and Maple trees between the Chem-Sci and Electrical Energy Resources Center (EERC).
  • Primary Campus Pathway on south side of Chem-Sci.
  • Husky Statue to the south-east of the Chem-Sci.

Conceptual Design

Moving Pieces—First Concept

H-SSTEM Concept Exploration 1

Execution:

Existing chemical and chemical engineering labs relocated to new addition as required to create space for KIP, BME, BIO, and HRI Offices

Considerations:

  • Cost
  • Quantity of labs
    (most expensive space) in new addition
  • Quantity of 'double moves' (relocate existing space and build new then renovate existing vacated space for new function is an added cost)

Moving Pieces—Second Concept

H-STEM Concept Exploration 2

Execution:

Existing chemical and chemical engineering labs and offices relocated to new addition as required to create space for support labs.

Considerations:

  • Reduced quantity of labs (most expensive space) in new addition
  • New support labs in existing building reduced cost and led to 'ibio type' team science space relationship
  • Reduced quantity of 'double moves' (relocate existing space and build new then renovate existing vacated space for new function is an added cost)

The New Face of STEM and Health 

Collaboration, Hub, Transparent, Engagement, Mass Timber, and the South Sun is combined with the Research and Teaching Pod providing synergistic, speed to innovation, on display, culture changing areas. 

Proposed Floor Plans

Basement

Concept design floor plan for the H-STEM basement
Details:
  • Relocated Classroom marked on the south east corner of the Chem-Sci
  • Animal Care Space, Tunnel marked as an additional add on to the north of the proposed building space
  • MDF, Mechanical, Substation, Emerg. Elec. Mechanical (Water) and Fire Pump marked in separate rooms

First Floor

Concept design floor plan for the H-STEM first floor
Details:
  • The right hand side of the image is the North side of the building and faces the Portage
  • North of the lobby are learning commons and collaboration spaces
  • The west side of the proposed building are three Lab Support spaces that mark the overlaps over the south east corner of the Chem-Sci, and existing building
  • East of the Lab Support space, Lab Space is marked and is the beginning of the new addition
  • East of the Lab space, grad student areas, building utility rooms, and offices are marked

Second and Third Floors

Concept design floor plan for the H-STEM second floor
Concept design floor plan for the H-STEM third floor
Details:
  • North of the lobby are conference rooms, classrooms, and collaboration spaces
  • In the north west side of the proposed building, Lab Support spaces are marked that overlaps over the south east corner of the Chem-Sci
  • East of the Lab Support space, Lab Space is marked
  • East of the Lab space, grad student areas, maintenance areas and offices are marked

Potential Additional Scope Items

  • Animal care space
  • Mechanical updates or 'fixes' to existing building
  • Partially conditioned walkway connector
  • Lobby at west parking lot