Hastings+Chivetta’s design for the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Building for the University of Tulsa began with a four-month development process of needs assessment, programming, cost estimation and site analysis. A simultaneous process was conducted for Stephenson Hall, a sister building devoted to petroleum and mechanical engineering.
The design harmonizes with the architectural context of the university. Façade materials combine traditional Tennessee ledge stone with pre-cast stone panels, lintels and sills. Tiled roof and gables reinforce time-honored architectural campus styles.
Interdisciplinary collaboration and impromptu interaction are encouraged through the architecture. Many labs have observation windows that allow passersby to look inside, and lighted casework in hallways provides venues for displaying research advances. A two-story commons and smaller public study areas create gathering spaces.
Specialized labs give students and researchers access to state-of-the-art facilities. Teaching and research laboratories include: circuits, rf/wireless, robotics, reverse engineering, microprocessors/electronics, computational biology, enterprise security, digital, and software design. Centrally located departmental offices keep researchers in close proximity to their labs.