Clifford Hall-Earth System Science is the second building designed for the University of North Dakota's Aerospace Park, an interdisciplinary research and teaching facility for Computer Services, Geography, Atmospheric Science and Space Studies.
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.
A multi-story atrium brings in daylighting to limit the need for artificial light.