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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
Principal, Science & Technology Studio Leader

Mark E. Hieber

ASLA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Architecture + Design

Barbara A. McGee

AIA
Principal, Project Management

Dale R. Clark

PE, LEED AP
Principal, Mechanical Engineering

Michael F. Cooper

PE, LEED AP
Managing Principal, Detroit

Paul H. Goldsmith

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Project Management

Steven M. Dailey

PE, LEED AP
Principal, Mechanical Engineering

Timothy B. Reamer

PE, LEED AP
Principal, Electrial Engineering

Timothy J. Gawel

EDAC
Associate, Architecture + Design