Lehigh University – Health, Science and Technology Building (HST)

  • area / size 189,000 sqft
  • Completed 2021
  • HGA designed the Health, Science and Technology Building (HST) for the Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    Prominently situated at the northeast corner of the Lehigh University’s historic Asa Packer campus, the Health, Science, and Technology (HST) building is a sustainably designed facility providing a modern environment for research into public health. The new facility supports chemistry, materials science, and biological science, and is the administrative home of Lehigh’s new College of Health.

    The design of HST fosters interdisciplinary collaboration with emphasis on thematic neighborhoods and the physical and academic connection of its building users. The building’s five floors provide environments that encourage impactful collaboration between undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty researchers. Flexible, open laboratories accommodate immediate expansion and contraction of research groups with minimal disruption. The open laboratory zones are comprised of wet programming for Energy & Batteries, Functional Materials & Devices, BioHealth Initiative, and the College of Health. These open laboratory zones are all directly adjacent to – and grafted alongside – the computational research labs situated within the building’s office spaces.

    The 189,000 GSF building features spacious and open areas that can easily be reconfigured to accommodate future research needs, including movable tables with overhead gas lines that can support nearly any arrangement in the laboratories. Faculty offices within the open office plan are grouped in clusters, loosely defining boundaries between the shared desking zones. The placement of floor openings, with associated communicating stairs and interior gardens, further establishes an identity and distinct sense of place on each level. This dynamic layout provides visual and physical connections between building users within the large open floor plates and neighboring floors.

    Targeting LEED v4 Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, HST is a high-performance laboratory for human health research designed with an emphasis on energy and water efficiency. The building employs numerous energy conservation measures, including an improved building envelope, chilled beams, neutral-temperature supply air design, heat shift chillers, high efficiency condensing boilers, and ample natural light. A commitment to public health through measures such as walkability, access to daylight, indoor air quality, and providing healthy food options in its café also earned HST a Fitwel designation.

    Design: HGA
    Interior Design: MoharDesign
    Contractor: Turner Construction Company
    Photography: Anton Grassl