Winthrop University Undergraduate Science Complex

Address: Rock Hill, SC
Architect: HOK Architects, Inc.
Size: 114,000 sf
Project Responsibility: Structural Engineering Design; Structural Construction Administration Services

The Undergraduate Science Complex at Winthrop University includes the total renovation of Sims Hall, the existing 56,000 sf science building, and a new annex of approximately 58,000 sf. The complex houses all laboratory, classroom, and administrative functions for the Mathematics and Science departments (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Human Nutrition). Full teaching and research lab facilities are provided, including computer labs, graduate student support, study areas, exhibition space, and special spaces including a radio isotope lab and greenhouse.

The structure is three stories, corresponding to Sims Hall. Its exterior responds to the traditional flavor of the late 19th/early 20th century buildings on campus with a pitched roof and primarily brick exterior accented with precast concrete and glass curtain wall.

The project has been designed as an integrated complex with an “L” shaped new structure juxtaposed with the rectangular Sims Hall to form a landscaped courtyard oriented toward the nearby historic university chapel building designed by Robert Mills.