University of New Hampshire Science Lab Planning

Durham, New Hampshire

The Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has several older science buildings, including Kendall Hall. Kendall could no longer positively support a science mission, so it was repurposed and 14,000 nsf of teaching and research space relocated to other buildings, which in turn will require upgrades and renovation to accommodate the new occupants and functions. 

Working together as a team Harriman and Silver Hill headed the effort to determine which teaching and research functions were going where. As on most academic campuses, available, good quality space is rare. The University’s hope is by sifting through two of the older science buildings (90,000 gsf) for under utilized or under productive or non-lab functions as well as the newly constructed addition of 8,000 gsf, the necessary 14,000 nsf is found.

In addition, it is the University’s directive to use the renovated space to reinforce and foster student-faculty and student-student mentoring as well as faculty-faculty collegiality. This involves:

• Creating places to congregate and share ideas between departmental interfaces and at naturally occurring building circulation nodes.

• Providing areas that respect and provide for quiet work and conversation, separate from areas supportive of lively discussion.

• Providing Wi-Fi and cabled connections as well as accessible cable trays and hubs for future technology that support communication across the campus, the state, and the world.

Like most academic institutions UNH works with a strict budget, and required that construction was scheduled to the academic year as well as planned to accommodate continued occupancy during construction.