VOIDED CONCRETE SLABS
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Wright State Neuroscience

Efficient Vibration Control In Ohio

 

Stringent vibration control specs drove the use of voided concrete slabs.

 

PROJECT VOIDED SLAB ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Met strict vibration criteria

  • Proved a better alternative to waffle-slab construction

  • Improved both constructability and space efficiency


Wright State University’s Neuroscience building contains ultra-sensitive lab equipment essential to the university’s groundbreaking research.

This new 90,000-square-foot facility centrally situated within the biomedical and engineering research hub on the Wright State campus. The Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building is home to translational research and collaboration with highly integrated laboratories, core resources and interactive student spaces. A full 55,000 square feet of the four-story building (including a basement) is assigned to research.

The four-story, L-shaped structure, designed by architects Perkins & Will and engineers Shell + Meyer, features two wings — one for neuroscience and one for engineering — that flank a central, multi-story atrium. Open teaming areas give researchers space to interact and share knowledge. Movable, height-adjustable workbenches allow for easy reconfiguration of the labs as research projects develop and change. Electricity, gas, suction and data are all delivered from the ceilings through quick-connect plugs, which also eases reconfiguration. When air flows over the pipes, it creates a natural convection current.

The structure is honeycombed with laboratories, features a special bullpen for graduate and undergraduate student researchers and includes offices, conference rooms and a 105-seat auditorium for research symposia. The NEC Building can foster research in treating brain, spinal cord and nerve disorders by putting researchers and clinicians under the same roof and creating an environment that enables them to collaborate.

 
 
 
Keeping the Solution Simple  — Voided concrete slabs involves less complexity than alternative construction methods required to deliver the same result.

Keeping the Solution Simple — Voided concrete slabs involves less complexity than alternative construction methods required to deliver the same result.

Stacked Voids Create a Solution  — The use of a 20” voided slab system efficiently responded to vibration control concerns without impacting other design and construction concerns.

Stacked Voids Create a Solution — The use of a 20” voided slab system efficiently responded to vibration control concerns without impacting other design and construction concerns.

 

ARCHITECT:      

  • Perkins & Will

ENGINEER:       

  • Shell + Meyer

BUILDERS: 

  • Messer Construction