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.

Jury comments

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.

Additional information

AV/Telecom/Acoustics/Security Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke

Civil/Survey Consultant: LRC Group

Construction Manager: Daniel O'Connell's Sons

Cost Estimating Consultant: Daniel O'Connell's Sons, M. T. Peters & Associates Inc., Wolf & Company, P.C.

Curtainwall Consultant: Heintges & Associates

Elevator Consultant: Iros Elevator Design Services, Inc.

Energy Model Consultant: ads ENGINEERS

Engineer - MEP: Vanderweil Engineers

Engineer - Structural: Severud Associates

Envelope Rehabilitation Consultant: CVM Engineers

Food Service Consultant: Romano Gatland

Geotechnical Engineer Consultant: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

Graphics Consultant: Poulin + Morris, Inc.

Laboratory Consultant: Jacobs Consultancy, GPR Planners Collaborative

Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Life Safety Consultant: Hughes Associates, Inc.

Lighting Design: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc.

Specifications Consultant: Robert Schwartz & Associates

Sustainability Consultants: BuroHappold Engineering, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.


Brian G Minnich, AIA, (Chair) GWWO Inc. / Architects, Baltimore

Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, SMMA / Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Brandi Rickels, Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio

Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA, Quinn Evans Architects, Washington, DC

Alissa Harrington, John Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore

Image credits

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