Suffolk University, Archer and Donahue buildings
Prior to the design and current construction of a new science building, Suffolk University undergraduate science facilities had been housed in outdated space of roughly 30,000-sf within Archer and Donahue Buildings. Not originally designed as science buildings, the building systems and infrastructure requirements were beyond what the existing facility could provide. Moreover, the growth of the programs and the expansion of faculty research required a comprehensive space planning and programming review for the expansion and renewal of the existing building.
This planning exercise yielded an outline for a phased and incremental approach to the renovation of the current spaces and an expansion of an additional 50,000-sf of teaching laboratories and classrooms for biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. Planning included a new elevator core as well as vertical pathways for new risers and ductwork for the increased building systems and infrastructure. An additional component to the masterplan included a new lobby and entry sequence highlighted by a double-height space and new function area.
Following the completion of the masterplan, Isgenuity was hired to complete several lab renovations that were identified as the highest priorities in the planning document. This included labs for organic chemistry, biology/anatomy, and forensic sciences.