The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship houses an incubator space for start-ups specializing in agricultural research as well as an academic teaching and research facility for related academic fields. These programs are joined by a common collaboration space with shared equipment labs.
The design syntax marries agricultural influences from the region and the scientific processes within. The machine-like metallic skin is penetrated by wood-clad spines that transfer daylight and intake air into the interior spaces. Mechanical units are housed on the spine’s exterior mezzanines. This parti emphasizes the importance of daylight and fresh air for laboratory work and establishes a connection between natural systems and the environmentally-controlled interior lab systems.
The building sits on the edge of the campus amidst research crops, and roots itself in the earth with naturally weathering materials: concrete, corrugated metal siding, and wood. It is a part of the landscape, and with its modular construction it is prepared to grow for future expansion.
Numerous sustainable initiatives incorporated, including deep day lighting enhanced by light shelves and building orientation, a bioswale for stormwater filtration, a high-performance thermal envelope, construction waste strategies and strategic zoning of mechanical equipment that tailors energy needs to occupied space.
Northwest Missouri State University
AIA Kansas City, Citation Award, 2011
AIA Kansas, Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2010
AIA Kansas, Citation Award for Unbuilt Commissioned Architecture, 2006
AIA Kansas City, Merit Award; Unbuilt Category, 2006
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