The renovation to Robert R. and Kay Onstead Science Center, formerly the Foster Science Building, brings modern support to ACU’s growing science programs.
Built in 1946 and expanded in 1968, the Foster Science Building has seen only a minor renovation in the 45 years since. The cosmetic overhaul included an atrium, new exterior skin and extensive landscape and hardscape improvements to the quad in front of the building.
Early in schematic design, a donor approached ACU with a gift for the redevelopment of the landscaping outside the Onstead Science Center. Independently, ACU engaged a landscape architect for conceptual renderings which the donor ultimately approved. Once Hoar became involved, it was determined the additional scope was 25% over budget. ACU could not request additional money from the donor, and did not want to sacrifice their budget for Onstead. Hoar proposed value engineering options for consideration that would not affect the spirit of the new landscape design. After consulting the landscape architect and reviewing criteria with ACU, a series of options were presented. Most of the suggestions were taken and resulted in cost savings with improved long-term maintenance. Hoar’s ideas returned the project back to the original budget.
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Story Atrium and New Exterior Skin
MEP System Upgrades