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A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building, Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building Renovation and Expansion

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This facility excites and inspires. It is a place that is quite different from any other kind of laboratory

A. Paul Schaap, Benefactor/Lumigen founder


  • The new atrium expansion to the existing Chemistry building creates a new entry portal to the University and announces Wayne State's commitment to Science and the surrounding community.
  • The large glass wall of the atrium addition is pierced by an ellipse shaped auditorium and stone clad office area which work together to create an intimately scaled entry.
  • Stone, terrazzo, wood and a tubular steel structure combine to create a warm, progressive environment for this new entry space for the renovated Chemistry facility.
  • A curving metal seat along the sloped wall of the new auditorium becomes a comfortable social setting for students waiting for class.
  • Lab environments are enhanced by a highly ordered integration of elements and transparency to adjacent support spaces.
  • Specialized fume hoods are an important part of the Research environment.
  • A variety of student needs are accommodated in these colorful support spaces visually linked to the adjacent lab spaces.
  • A. Paul Schaap, Benefactor of the project, speaks about the main features of the Chemistry Building.

people involved in this project:

Louis Hartman

PE, NCEES, LEED AP
Science & Technology Design Studio

Mark E. Hieber

ASLA, LEED AP BD+C
Architecture + Design

Barbara A. McGee

AIA
Project Management

Dale R. Clark

PE, LEED AP
Mechanical Engineering

Michael F. Cooper

PE, LEED AP
Detroit

Paul H. Goldsmith

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Management

Steven M. Dailey

PE, LEED AP
Mechanical Engineering

Timothy B. Reamer

PE, LEED AP
Electrial Engineering

Timothy J. Gawel

EDAC
Architecture + Design