University of Alabama Shelby Hall Interdisciplinary Science Building
A three-story, 220,000-square-foot facility with a facade of brick and precast/cut stone cornice, pediments, and window wraps. The complex is divided into five sections - two teaching wings and three research wings - arranged so that students and faculty can easily move between classrooms, offices, and research areas.
The building was designed to complement and blend with the existing campus architecture and has the shape of a pentagon with an entrance reminiscent of the original campus rotunda, complete with a dome that rises 80 feet.
The building contains high-tech lab space and theatre-style lecture halls and features laboratories for chemistry, physics, nuclear magnetic resonance research, laser studies, glass blowing, and others.
There are numerous fume hoods, radioisotope hoods, special lab gases, and systems within this building. The air conditioning system is specialized to maintain air pressure relationships within the labs.
Also included within the scope was an emergency power generator and distribution system, “blast” protected rooms, roof blast vents, and collapsible walls.