A cross-disciplinary science building designed to function as an economic generator for the region

Purdue University Northwest, Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building, Hammond, Indiana

Purdue University-Northwest, a 167-acre campus located just outside Chicago, selected us to lead programming, planning and design for their new 68,000 sf Bioscience Innovation Building. The facility will house skills labs, exam/assessment rooms, simulation rooms, student collaboration spaces, teaching labs, faculty offices, classroom spaces and become a beacon attracting students from across the campus and support the school of nursing and department of biology. University leadership envision this new campus addition to be a striking symbol of forward-looking student space supporting 21st-century education.

The design of the instructional and student spaces is centered around the concept of creating a growth culture. As the new front door to campus, the Bioscience Innovation Building (BIB) will attract students from all over campus. By putting biology and nursing skills labs adjacent to public spaces the BIB will provide non-science focused students glimpses into the day-to-day instruction and put science on display generating excitement for the two programs.