Image & Character
Building Types Group 2

A Research Facility is similar to a laboratory and testing facility and is designed with emphasis on providing direct support of its function. Design features emphasize mission functions and cannot compromise security. Gathering areas and pedestrian movement among buildings are facilitated through the design of the built environment and its relationship to the site and other exterior features.


1. Massing & Articulation

The massing are articulated in response to the building program and be able to accommodate generous daylighting of the interior where appropriate. A strong, easily identified covered entrance is appropriate. Articulation will reinforce the overall design with focused attention to the primary entrance.


2. Roof Style

Sloped standing-seam metal roofing is preferred for most of the roof area. Use overhangs to protect window openings as much as practical. Create covered gathering areas at the main entrance. Use multiple roof areas in response to program but avoid conflicting or overly complex roof forms and a cluttered appearance. Curved roofs may be used to highlight architectural features, such as the entrance.


3. Primary Entrances

Provide a covered entrance to accommodate groups of 10 to 15 people. Open-sided (versus recessed) covered entrances are preferred. Provide large glazed areas to designate the entrance and a moderate level of finishes on the exterior.


4. Shading Devices

Use aluminum louver and/or shading devices at windows. Shading devices integral with the building façade also are encouraged. Provide shading devices and canopies at covered entrances for strong architectural presence. 


5. Secondary Entrances

Provide a covered entrance to accommodate groups of three to four people, using building mass differentiation and glazing to identify the entrance. Provide coverage to protect openings for utility entrances.


6. Fenestration

Use vertically proportioned punched window openings with aluminum windows. Storefront and/or curtain wall  may be used to designate entrances, gathering areas, or vertical circulation. Use of linear or other shapes as design elements is permissible in moderation. Translucent wall panels are appropriate to assist daylighting spaces.

Elevations: Research Facility


1. Expressive roof form, responding appropriately to building group

2. Prominent covered entry with integral shading devices and large glazed areas

3. Shaded devices at windows

4. Variation of building mass

5. Vertically proportioned punched window openings with storefront and/or curtain wall to create rhythm on the exterior and respond to the interior needs