Frick Chemistry Laboratory
Princeton, New Jersey
Owner: Princeton University
Completion Date: August 2010
Program: A four-story, 239,992-square-foot building for Princeton University's chemistry department, with research and departmental labs and a 256-seat auditorium in the basement, teaching labs and a café on the ground floor, and research labs on the upper three floors.
Design concept and solution: Conceiving the Frick Chemistry Laboratory as a kind of glass loft, Payette and Hopkins Architects sought to encourage a spirit of collaboration by linking all parts of the building with open sight lines. The largely steel-framed structure consists of two long blocks—a research block on the east side and three linked office blocks on the west—united by a central skylit atrium with a photovoltaic canopy roof. The atrium spans the length of the building, creating a single space that connects all the activities within. On the upper floors, open pedestrian bridges join the research and office sides together. The architects clad the building with an aluminum-frame curtain wall, shaded by cast-aluminum sun screens. To relate the metal and glass laboratory back to the traditional stonework of Princeton's campus, they faced the north and south facades with granite infill panels.
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Design Team Members
Architect: Payette (Boston, MA)
Design Architect: Hopkins Architects (London, UK)
Interior Designer: Payette (Boston, MA)
Structural: Arup (NY, NY)
Civil: Van Note – Harvey Associates (Princeton, NJ)
Civil Site Drainage: Nitsch Engineering (Boston, MA)
Lighting: Arup (NY, NY)
Acoustical: Arup (NY, NY)
Audio/Visual: Acentech (Trevose, PA)
Programming: GPR Planners Collaborative - Jacobs Consultancy (Tarrytown, NY)
Code: R. W. Sullivan (Boston, MA)
CM at Risk: Turner Construction Company (Somerset, NJ)
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Stone Cladding: Granicor Inc. (“Green County” by The North Carolina Granite Corp.)
Aluminum Wall Panels: Bamco Inc.
Aluminum Louvers: Construction Specialties
Glass Photovoltaic Array: Suntech Power, Kawneer
Exterior Sliding Office Doors: Schuco USA L.P.
Aluminum Door Frames: Wilson Partitions
Wood Doors: Eggers Industries, VT Industries
Fire-Control Doors: Total Door
Smoke Curtains: Coopers Blinds Ltd.
Hinges: Stanley, Markar Architectural Products, Inc., Schuco
Closers: LCN Closers
Exit devices: Von Duprin
Pulls: Rockwood, Trimco
Cabinet hardware: Hafele America Co., Sugatsune America, Inc.
Cabinetwork and Millwork: Sloan & Company, Inc.
Servery Cabinetwork: Interior Creations, Inc.
Wood Wall Paneling: Monarch Industries, Inc.
Metal Panels and Trim: Fry Reglet Architectural Metals – Graph System
Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams, Tnemec Co., Inc., Carboline Co., Tiger Drylac
Special surfacing: DuPont Corian Surfaces
Atrium Terrazzo floor tile: Wausau Tile, Inc.
Glass wall tile: Raffi Glass
Rubber flooring: Nora Flooring Systems
Carpet: Tandus, J+J|Invision
Glazed Partitions: Maars Ltd.
Glazed Openings: Wilson Partitions
Fire Rated Glazing: TGP Architectural
Laboratory casework: ThermoFisher Scientific
Laboratory fume hoods (research): Waldner Laboreinrichtungen GmbH & Co. KG
Chairs: Herman Miller, Coalesse, Allsteel
Atrium Seating: Coalesse, Alias, Davis
Tables: Niemkamper, Herman Miller, Unifor, Allermuir
Lecture Fixed Seating and Tablets: Figueras
Lab Stools: Sittris, Sky Stools
Upholstery: Maharam, Knoll, Designtex & Bernhardt
Downlights: Edison Price, Wila, RSA, Infinity
Fiber Optics: Visual Lighting Technologies
Accent and Task Lighting: io Lighting, Hayworth, Translite
Exterior: Selux, Bega, Columbia
Fittings: Toto, Sloan, Grohe
Bottle Filler: Oasis
Laboratory Fittings: Watersaver
Laboratory Safety Fittings: Guardian