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Frederick Fisher and Partners

United States, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623,

46000.0 sq

Project Year

Benny Chan

Lucifer Lighting, Dunn Edwards, PANELITE

Landscape Architect
James Burnett

A program of interdisciplinary research that addresses the growth

and impact of information science as it relates to all science and
engineering practices.

The aim of the facility is to foster collaboration, research and

teaching intrinsic to this new academic discipline.
The building was planned as an immediately accessible plaza of
group teaching, learning and working spaces on the ground level
supporting a two story research center.

Glass walls make the ground level an active, connected


The upper two levels contain faculty and graduate student offices
and studios, designed for the project teamwork which is at the core
of the University’s educational and research activities.

Flexible studios open onto a two story atrium that acts as a “town
square”, furnished for casual gathering, events and study.

Upper levels are also interconnected by a two story “resident

lounge” that functions as an updated faculty club with dramatic views
of the mountains and campus walkway.

FFP incorporated green materials and fixtures such as those made

from certified wood & recycled content, low VOC paints and carpet,
waterless urinals, and a white roof system.

A great focus was placed on the individual comfort of the professors

that will have offices in the IST Center.

operable windows have been included in these spaces to maximize

thermal comfort and personal control.