John Brooks Williams Natural Science and Technology Center

John Brooks Williams Natural Science and Technology Center

The Science and Technology Center is a three-story dry laboratory and classroom structure linked by a central atrium. The majority of the south side of the envelope was developed as terra cotta rain screen system. Due to cost the skin of the building and the desire for a barrier system with integrated insulation, the exterior was reimagined as an architectural precast concrete panel system. Using a modular form large enough to avoid repetition in pattern allowed for a non-modular look. The design team worked the surface of the panels to create rich texture that provided opportunities for a dynamic light and shadow experience throughout the day and changing seasons. Utilizing precast concrete provided an opportunity to dial in the color variation using a single mix design with acid-etch and sandblasted textures. 

The center was recognized as the Best Higher Education Building in the 2015 PCI Design Awards competition.

Austin, TX

Moore Ruble Yudell, Design Architect | STG Design, Executive Achitect

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