College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
The final component of William & Mary’s Integrated Science Center, ISC4 completes the multi-disciplinary complex with flexible, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge teaching and laboratory spaces for instruction and research.
The 124,000 GSF research and teaching facility will feature wet and dry labs, offices, meeting rooms, a makerspace, and informal social spaces designed for collaboration and creative collisions. The building will house the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Data Science as well as new undergraduate programs in Design and Engineering. With architecture that complements the design of the existing buildings, ISC4 will provide a new edge to the Swem Quad, further defining and enhancing this valuable outdoor space, and create a new science courtyard between the new building and existing structures.
The project also involves selective renovation of the adjacent ISC1, enabling ISC4 to connect to and integrate with the existing complex. The design of the new and renovated spaces will support William & Mary’s goal of having a unified complex that leverages adjacencies and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration.
The site is a transition point between the ravines and the plateaus that characterize the campus landscape. The project brings the two together as the grade and plantings transition from the informality of the ravine to the formality of Swem Quad. Other site features include a “hanging garden” in the new courtyard between the ISC4 and the existing complex, and a “maker patio” at the north entry, supporting the ground-floor maker studio.
The Hub at the heart of the building puts “science on display,” connecting all floors and providing major public areas for social events and presentations.
The project is designed to achieve at minimum LEED Silver certification, but is targeting LEED Gold and is striving to meet the 2030 Challenge goal of a 80% energy reduction.