The University of Vermont
Located in the heart of campus behind University Row, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Initiative represents the largest investment in new facilities in UVM’s history.
Phase I of the project includes Discovery Hall, a new state-of-the-art research and lab facility, as well as major renovations to an adjacent engineering building, Votey Hall. Phase II of the project, Innovation Hall, is dedicated to classrooms and office space and opened in August 2019.
Innovation Hall’s five floors are dedicated to collaborative learning at all levels. The building features multiple technology-rich classrooms and teaching labs designed for active learning and group projects. Upper floors are a mix of offices and study areas designed to encourage cross-disciplinary learning among students and faculty.
A generous public lobby links Innovation Hall to its research counterpart, Discovery Hall which, in turn, is linked via an elevated walkway to Votey Hall, home to UVM’s Engineering School. Together, the three buildings create an integrated complex that brings all major STEM disciplines together in one central campus location.
The LEED Silver (minimum) design is the second collaborative effort between Design Architect and Lab Planner Ellenzweig of Boston, Massachusetts and Freeman French Freeman, Architect of Record. In 2010 the two firms completed James Jeffords Hall, home to UVM’s plant biology and soil science programs.