CORE10 won the commission to prepare a Facilities Master Plan, and subsequent Design for renovations and new construction at Washington University's Tyson Research Center. This internationally renowned biology field station is uniquely sited on 2000 acres of native landscape originally used by the US Army as an ammunition depot after WWII. Our sustainable and hands-on approach to the planning process revealed some terrific opportunities to repurpose the original military buildings. CORE10 stripped the ammunitions warehouse down to its structure and designed new and efficient labs underneath with plenty of sheltered outdoor workspace along a new research garden over the former train tracks of the loading depot. Additionally the original headquarters was restored into a bright new field station. Renovations feature asbestos abatement, site and drainage modifications, composting toilets, grey water harvesting, a new fire pond, and many other environmentally sensitive yet affordable features that will set up Tyson to grow into its future.
HQ COMPOSTING TOILETS
TYSON HEADQUARTERS - BEFORE
The HQ building dated from the 1960s and included a fire station, maintenance garage, and a conglomeration of repurposed office and administrative areas. Over the years the spaces had suffered with failing wood paneling, uneven floors of various materials, a kind-of-gross shower, and an overburdened kitchen. Our master plan required more administrative space and researcher office. But during our site visits we discovered a new requirement - the 2005 Living Learning Center provided terrific gathering space and a new deck but the deck was largely unused! The reason lay in the kitchen.
The HQ deck hosts regular barbeques which attract lots of students and faculty. The LLC couldn't include a functional kitchen and still meet it's net-zero goals, so that necessary feature was overlooked. We explored modifying the LLC to include a kitchen but the University decided to address it in this project. So we completely reimagined the building and added a new deck to take full advantage of the new kitchen. We also reoriented the building so that the new deck moved to the rear, creating a more private campus behind the HQ, connecting the LLC to the east and the new warehouse labs and gardens to the north while maintaining the entrance and parking facing the main road to the south.
During construction we discovered a failing roof structure that required new trusses over half of the building. This combined with the sweeping interior reworking and new composting toilets expanded the project to the point where a gut rehab was in order. We replaced and evened out flooring, we reinsulated the walls with spray foam insulation, and we created a new trussed roof with insulation below the deck and an open trussed space to maximize the common areas.