BU Science Labs honored with Distinguished Architectural Award

Last October the Bellevue University Science Labs were honored with an AIA Central States Region Distinguished Award in the Interiors Category.

This prestigious regional award was presented at the regional American Institute of Architect (AIA) 2019 Design Award Ceremony in St Louis. Mike Hamilton (HDR) and Dr. John Kyndt and Diego Kyndt were present to accept the award.


Mike Hamilton (HDR), John Kyndt (BU) and Diego Kyndt accepting the AIA award.

The BU Science Labs were designed by HDR in close collaboration with the science faculty at BU and were intended to have ‘Science on Display’ and combine a teaching, research and collaboration space.

Shortly after establishing the new lab spaces, the BU Faculty also collaborated with HDR Research on a study, led by Francesqca Jimenez, to understand how the space impacts student learning and the overall  vision of science education at BU. Earlier this year, the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) awarded this research project a ‘Certificate of Research Excellence’ (CORE). A paper describing the outcomes from this study is forthcoming.

It is great to see that these lab spaces are being recognized not only locally, but also on a regional scale, and rewarding to see how this space impacts the life of the instructors, visitors, and current and prospective students.


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