Oakland University Engineering Center / SmithGroup

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  • Architects: SmithGroup
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  134200 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Decoustics, Dri-Design, Acousti Green, Belden, Capstone, Centria, GEM Energy, Guardian Glass, Oldcastle APG, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Riverside, Semco, Walker Glass, YKK AP, thyssenkrupp
  • Design Principal: Paul Urbanek
  • Principal In Charge: Chris Purdy
  • Project Manager: John Sobetski
  • Project Architect: Andrew Arnesen
  • Design Team: Chris Vanneste, Laura Roberts, Michael Nowicki, Kevin Gurgel, George Karidis, Sarah Wickenheiser, Georgia Zochowski, Carlos Lopes, David Hoffman, Constantine Lekas, Bruce Comstock, Jon Romig, Ann Clark, Dan Nerida, Kim Morgan, Monica Pace, Alex Russeau, Lori James, Mark Goyette, Dan Mather, Hillary Hanzel, Luke Renwick, Rob Teifer, Justin Fiema, Amanda Gorning
  • City: Rochester
  • Country: United States
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Text description provided by the architects. Oakland University’s new facility for the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences (SECS) provides advanced technologies for academic engineering studies, while sustainable mechanical and electrical systems serve as a hands on learning tools for the students. 

Oakland University Engineering Center  / SmithGroup - Facade
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This new facility features a trigeneration system that uses natural gas to generate a portion of the building’s electric power; the recovered heat from the electrical generation provides heating and cooling, as well as hot water and emergency power. This is uniquely combined with a chilled-beam system and heat pump to create a first-of-its-kind system, which is further enhanced by 21.6 kW of photovoltaics on the roof, to significantly reduce annual energy costs and the University’s carbon footprint.  


To enhance the building’s educational role, SECS faculty and students can conduct research through an energy dashboard. They have the ability to access data from the trigeneration and chilled beam systems, monitor energy usage and propose improvements to the operation sequence. The facility also boasts a high bay capstone lab, cleanroom, full service machine shop, and rooftop energy lab where students conduct experiments on solar and wind generation. The lobby acts as student demonstration space and corridor windows offer clear views into the project labs, putting science on display. 

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The building was specifically designed with hands-on, team-based learning spaces to support a variety of interdisciplinary projects and an assortment of collaborative spaces that students can easily reconfigure to support group projects.  Students, faculty and staff have noted how the building feels like home with a great deal of activity, ideal places to study and vitality all hours of the day.         

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Address:Rochester, MI, United States

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Cite: "Oakland University Engineering Center / SmithGroup" 23 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793709/oakland-university-engineering-center-smithgroupjjr> ISSN 0719-8884

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