Denison University

Talbot Hall of Biological Sciences

A building design that encourages interdisciplinary interactions.

The building’s design reflects an interdisciplinary, student-centered and research-centered approach to learning. Circulation is organized to encourage interaction between departments, with primary laboratories and offices along a double-loaded corridor. Ample display walls and a curved island containing support functions within the generously sized corridor allow for collaboration to happen outside the labs and offices and brings activity into the core of the building. Informal study and lounge spaces are located throughout. Conversation nooks with spectacular views of the Granville hills use ash wood from trees removed during construction.


Flexible labs change with advances in research.

Laboratories in Talbot are organized around modular planning principles with standardized dimensions for flexibility and a variety of uses. Partitions can be relocated, doors moved, and laboratories expanded into larger or smaller laboratory units with minimum mechanical adjustments.

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Sustainability in mind.

The project took advantage of design and engineering strategies to ensure a “100 year use building” that employs sustainable design principals. The roofing material is a white membrane to reflect heat and reduce cooling costs. Offices have operable windows. The mechanical system almost shuts down over the weekend, saving energy. Erosion is controlled with vegetation. Natural lighting is plentiful, and excess heat and glare are avoided through sun shades, low-E coated glass, and fritted glass. The laboratories in the life science building are kept under negative pressure so that chemical fumes are removed efficiently.

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