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Oakland University
Undergrad Teaching Laboratories
Laboratory Renovation- 18 Labs
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Project Size: 20,000 nsf
iDesign Services Provided:
Laboratory Design 
  • The Undergrad Teaching Laboratories project originated from an immediate need for modern teaching laboratories to support the newly formed School of Medicine and promote the established Nursing and Life Science programs through a joint teaching relationship between Oakland University and Beaumont Health System.

  • The project renovates teaching labs for Chemistry, Biology and Physics residing in Wilson and Hannah Halls constructed in 1961 and 1966 respectively. The two building are linked by a bridge between the two. Given the pre-existing room sizes, the challenge was to meet current student count requirements, maximize bench space while meeting safety and ADA requirements in less than an ideal lab module along with limited existing building system capacity.

  • It was critical that the project meet the schedule goals to be prepared to receive students in the fall to kick-off the new program. iDesign was successful in meeting the aggressive schedule with a hard occupancy deadline. 

  • iDesign went above and beyond to provide the University post occupancy support at their own cost.  iDesign was able to determine that roughly half of the lab casework did not meet the design specification for water-proof drawer liners. As a result, iDesign was able to assist the University in seeking damages and replacing the defective drawer liner units.  

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