PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —The renowned architecture firm KieranTimberlake has been selected by the Facilities and Campus Planning Committee of the Corporation of Brown University to design a new building for Brown's School of Engineering. The new building is part of an effort to expand facilities, faculty, and programs of the School of Engineering.
The building will be located to the west of the Barus and Holley Building, the existing engineering facility, along Manning Walk, opposite Prince Engineering Lab, east of Brook Street. It will provide state-of-the-art laboratory space for the School's growing faculty and expanding research efforts. Key areas of growth anticipated in the School of Engineering include micro- and nano-technology, biomedical engineering, energy and the environment, information technology, and entrepreneurial innovation. Reflecting Brown's spirit of collaborative and cross-disciplinary inquiry, research facilities will be complimented by open spaces that encourage active gatherings of students, faculty and other members of the community.
"We're excited that Brown University and KieranTimberlake are joining together on the design for the next phase of the School of Engineering," said Lawrence Larson, dean of the School. "KieranTimberlake brings a unique and original perspective to each of its projects—combining a culture of deep investigation into the needs of the client and the space, the highest quality services, and leading research into improved building practices and methods. This new building will embody the aspirations of our School to create a space that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, breakthrough science and technology, and a spirit of learning and scholarship that will enliven our campus for many decades to come."
Construction is tentatively slated to begin in November 2015, with final completion expected in February 2018.
Founded in 1984, KieranTimberlake brings together the experience and talents of nearly 100 professionals of diverse backgrounds and abilities in a practice that is recognized worldwide. KieranTimberlake's projects include the programming, planning, and design of new structures as well as the conservation, renovation, and transformation of existing buildings, with special expertise in education, government, arts and culture, civic, and residential projects. The firm has received over 160 design citations in the United States and abroad, including the Architecture Firm Award from the 2008 American Institute of Architects and the 2010 National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
For more information, visit kierantimberlake.com.
By Kevin Stacey