Georgia State University's Parker H. Petit Science Teaching and Research Laboratory is the next step in the University’s maturity as a world-class research and teaching institution. The project, for which tvsdesign performed as design architect, is the eastern gateway to this urban campus. The building is divided into research and teaching labs designed to attract and retain instructors and students. Labs serve multiple departments and schools within. The faculty and graduate student workspaces are configured to foster collaboration among biology, chemistry, neuroscience and public health specialists.
The labs themselves are configured in a highly efficient block, organized in sections to provide the maximum efficiency in building systems for a rare “high-rise” laboratory project. Street frontage is provided for the labs to fulfill the University’s stated aim of “putting science on display.”
The project includes a 20,000 sf vivarium, as well as dry and wet labs. The building also holds high containment biosafety level 2, 3 and 4 labs, giving rare capability to a laboratory building in a university setting.
tvsdesign and the prime architect developed a site master plan for both phase one (for which tvsdesign was the design architect) and for phase two laboratory buildings. The Parker H. Petit Science Teaching and Research Laboratory was named Best Higher Education/Research Project (tie) of 2010 by McGraw Hill’s Southeast Construction magazine.
Georgia State University and the Georgia Board of Regents