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Franklin & Marshall College
Interiors, New Construction
108,000 sq. ft., 3-Stories
Turner provided construction services for this three-story, 108,000 sq. ft. science center on Franklin & Marshall College’s main campus. The structure is steel with a metal deck and the exterior skin is face brick with limestone trim, with wood windows and a slate roof. The MEP equipment is shared between the roof/penthouse and basement. The building includes a 3-story common atrium with ornamental stairs and rails, 11 teaching labs, 22 research labs, 14 student discussion areas, a 120-seat lecture hall, philosophy and psychology spaces, a courtyard garden, and a basement vivarium for the study of primates and rats. Also included is a greenhouse on the south end.
The campus was originally designed by famous architect Charles Klauder, and as a result has a consistent aethetic across the original campus buildings. To ensure that the new facade would blend in, masons on the project were required to study the brick facades of other campus buildings, then pass a test to prove a mason understood the brickwork required. Those who passed the test received a special hard hat sticker to show they understood the facade requirements. Perhaps the highest compliment paid to the project team was by a visitor to the finished building who got lost on campus: he could not figure out which buiding was the new one.