Biology Natural Resources

S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Biology and Natural Resources Building, Utah State University

Jacoby Architects completed a masterplan studying the design, facade retrofit, and addition to the existing S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Biology and Natural Resources Building. The project improves the functionality, utility, and appearance of the building in relatively equal measure: It serves the broader planning issue of visually tying together the other natural resources buildings and gracefully integrating the complex as a whole into the fabric of the larger campus.

The proposed design for the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney biology and Natural Resources Building includes revision or replacement of the building facades and mechanical systems, substantial revision of the building electrical and life safety systems, and the provision of approximately 30,000 square feet of new program and support area to the building.

New building program areas include classrooms and laboratories, a new wildlife mounts exhibition area, and a new greenhouse. Circulation and seating have been added or significantly expanded, and new restrooms, exit stairs and electrical and telecommunications areas have been added in support of the programmatic functions. The building will be expanded to the east into the courtyard on all four levels and to the west on the first level to enlarge the lobby and casual seating area adjacent to the auditorium.

The orientation and configuration of the existing building presented an opportunity to implement a double-skin facade design that responds to the cyclical nature of the external environment on both a diurnal and seasonal basis. A double-skin facade is the arrangement of a glass skin in front of the actual building facade. The resulting air plenum provides a means to temper the impact of exterior temperature, wind, and sound on the building. Not only does this offer the opportunity to develop a building skin that interacts with environmental conditions, but also enhances the sense of the occupants that they are a part of that environment, not removed from it.