Wegmans Hall is the signature focus of the University of Rochester’s Strategic Plan to leverage information technology in a new educational model for cross-disciplinary research and innovation. Designed to LEED Silver standards, the program provides offices, flexible labs, a 350 seat auditorium and the Goergen Institute of Data Science.

The massing unites two campus geometries: it completes the Science & Engineering Quadrangle and offers a new public face to the Genesee River. Collaboration spaces are integrated into a generous, public circulation sequence, which leads to a double height x-lab public space that overlooks the Quadrangle and links to Hopeman Hall. Along this public circulation, large vertical glazed bays on the east, south, and west facades are designed to “breakthrough” the hung masonry envelope to express double-height collaboration zones and shared overlooks that admit natural light deep into the building interior. A double-height curtain wall on the first and second levels interlocks with the figure of hung brick on the upper floors and expresses the Data Science’s mission to create an open and collaborative research culture that engages the green space of the Engineering Quad.

Date: 2017
Status: Completed
Client: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY
Design Team:
Frano Violich, FAIA; Managing Principal
Sheila Kennedy, FAIA; Principal Consulting on Design
Alex Shelly, AIA; Project Architect/ Project Manager
Shawna Meyer, AIA, LEED AP; Project Architect
Ben Widger, Robert White, Belinda Valenti, Diana Tomova, Kyle Altman, Daniel Sebaldt, Allan Delesantro, Blair Ekleberry, Alex Gormley
Architect: Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
Structural Engineer: BuroHappold Engineering
MEP & Envelope: IBC Engineering
Civil Engineer: T.Y. Lin
Contractor: Welliver
Code Consultant: Jensen Hughes Associates Inc.

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Institute for Data Sciences