Engineering and Biological Sciences
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
Completed in 2004, the 90,000 SF Engineering and Biological Sciences Building was built for $19.0 million and is the first phase of a multi-phase overall upgrade for the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. Later phases of construction include the new Snell Hall and the renovations of Thompson Complex Center Wing and the Science and Technology Building. Preliminary design and programming work for all phases of work was developed with the assistance of laboratory planners Research Facilities Desgin and Anshen+Allen Architects.
Carefully sited, the new building provides a new face to the science campus along Chestnut Street while working with existing buildings to develop a dedicated science campus campus. As a part of this project, a grand stair has been designed to bring pedestrians from Chestnut Street, through the science campus, and up and in to the “Hill”; the heart of the original WKU campus.
The building houses both the new Department of Engineering and portions of the Biology Department. Facilities include faculty offices, work rooms, engineering labs, conferencing facilities, biology labs, and a animal care facility. The building is state-of-the-art with regard to equipment and computer / communications technology. It is designed as a flexible facility and may be re-configured in the future as the needs of the college evolve.