UND Clifford Hall
University of North Dakota
In Clifford Hall-Earth System Science, (ESS), each discipline had separate program requirements, including office, administrative, and laboratory spaces, while the overall building program called for layouts which foster interaction between departments. A compressed site and the need for adequate parking resulted in a small building footprint.
The design solution was a six story building. The first two floors house public spaces and areas shared by all four departments; each floor above houses a separate discipline. At the focus of this spatial organization sits the Cray Research X-MP Supercomputer, the "heart" that joins and nourishes the research disciplines surrounding it. The six levels simultaneously separate and connect functions through the use of elevators, two-story atriums and interior skywalks and stairs. Stepped, modular massing allows for future expansion without interrupting interior operation.
A 200-foot skyway connecting to the existing Center for Aerospace Sciences building was also added at the second level. This project was completed by Schoen Associates prior to merging with JLG.