Higher Education/Research Best Project - WSU Tracy Hall Science Center
Weber State University Tracy Hall Science Center
Owner Weber State University
Lead Design VCBO Architecture
Structural Engineer ARW Engineers
Civil Engineer NV5 Inc.
MEP Engineer Colvin Engineering Associates Inc.
Electrical Engineer Electrical Consulting Engineers Inc. (ECE)
Lab Designer Research Facilities Design (RFD)
Landscape Design ArcSitio Design Inc.
General Contractor Okland Construction Co.
Tracy Hall Science Center is a new flagship building at Weber State University.
At four stories and 174,000 sq ft, Tracy Hall is the largest building on campus and arguably the most important academic building in the university’s history. The science center is situated on campus at the head of the Bell Tower Plaza. The central location provides an ideal site for the Student Success Center, which houses testing and tutoring services.
Tracy Hall also houses the seven departments of the WSU College of Science: chemistry, geology, physics, botany, microbiology, zoology and math. To support these programs, the building includes cutting-edge teaching labs, research labs and classrooms.
Collaborative meeting rooms and faculty offices, located in the building’s iconic east curve, are infused with daylight. The mechanical system is based on a thoughtful, energy-efficient design that brings the university closer to its sustainability goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
The College of Science requested that the design demonstrate concepts of science through aesthetics, patterns and place. The building embodies that goal through the concept of “science on display.” From the DNA brick pattern and the interactive artwork in the atrium to the full-view science labs, students encounter concepts of science throughout the building.