The new state-of-the art Biological Science Building at the University of Michigan is comprised of three, six-story towers connected by two glass atria, serving as home to the Museum of Natural History, planetarium, galleries, research laboratories, educational spaces, offices and classrooms that support the museum and several departments, including the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Kirkegaard worked closely with the College of Literature, Science and the Arts' Instructional Support Services department to provide programming and infrastructure design for all spaces requiring Audiovisual support, including a grand master plan for an Active Learning Hall with individual and group table-based interactive learning. For the Museum of Natural History spaces Kirkegaard has designed the AV systems in the acoustically sensitive spaces; these include the Planetarium, the Presentation Space, the exhibit spaces and Community Room. Laboratories within the building were constructed in an open plan to allow for greater collaboration, increased flexibility and better space utilization. Kirkegaard worked with the architects to incorporate acoustical treatment while maintaining the architectural aesthetics for successfully functional spaces. Other spaces in the building that presented acoustical challenges such as speech support and control of sound build-up are the Active Learning, Seminar Room, Classrooms, and Atria.

Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
SmithGroup JJR, Architect of Record, Detroit, MI
Ennead Architects, Design Architect, New York, NY
312,000 gsf
$261,000,000
Ann Arbor
MI