Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Vassar College, Integrated Science Commons
Architect: Ennead Architects
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Award of Excellence
Spanning over a creek and connecting two sides of campus, the Integrated Sciences Commons creates a cohesive science precinct that redefines the sciences at Vassar College.
The new Vassar College Bridge for Laboratory Sciences (VBLS) redefines the sciences at Vassar. Spanning a creek and connecting two sides of campus, the VBLS houses state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching and research laboratories, offices, and shared public spaces; it physically connects the sciences with the surrounding wetlands.
In addition to the new VBLS, the Integrated Science Commons consolidates the sciences on Vassar’s campus. It brings together the renovation of three buildings and ten acres of landscape to create a cohesive science precinct.
This is an elegant building solution that evolved from an impetus to ultimately connect students to each other, the sciences, the campus context, and the environment.