Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry
This LEED Gold academic, laboratory and clinical facility features a bold arrangement of forms and the artful combination of metal panel, glass and brick.The design of the new 82,661 sf facility incorporates elements and materials common to neighboring buildings in a bold arrangement of forms. The first floor is dedicated to a modern eye and vision care clinic. The second floor lobby was created as the main entry for the College and provides a number of spaces for students to study, collaborate and socialize. This dynamic space features a monumental stair which provides access to the classrooms and labs located on the second and third floors. The second floor includes flexible flat-floored classrooms, a virtual classroom and a computer lab. The third-floor pre-clinic laboratory features teaching-in-the round, a one-of-a-kind optometric educational experience allowing the student direct line-of-sight contact with the professor from their respective optical lanes. The LEED Gold building features a super energy efficient exterior envelope with an exterior wall R value that is 28% higher than required by the energy code. Overall energy performance is approximately 17.5% better than conventionally constructed buildings.