Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

Omni Architects designed the original Herrmann Science Center, which opened in 2002 and included 172,679 SF of state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics/Geology departments. With a combination of exceptional teaching and research spaces and under-grad-focused amenities, the facility soon became a major recruiting tool for NKU.
Twenty-one years later, the facility required an expansion to meet today’s instructional, pedagogical, and enrollment needs. Through this expansion and the renovation of spaces within the existing building, the Herrmann Science Center can accommodate new and emerging pedagogies while creating enhanced spaces for existing programs.
The expansion responds to a number of space requirements and goals:

  • Continue the integrated science strategy implemented in the existing building, with mixed departmental adjacencies to allow for cross-pollination of ideas and collaboration between disciplines

  • Significantly expand the Anatomy and Physiology teaching suite in response to the current and growing demand for nursing education within the Commonwealth

  • Integrate the Engineering Technology (EGT) group with the rest of the sciences in the Herrmann Science Center

  • Relocate the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics) and the Kentucky Center for Mathematics to the building to place outreach programs in closer proximity to the science they serve

  • Create a new home for Anthropology

  • Reconfigure existing classrooms to support increased class sizes and provide the instructional technology needed for contemporary pedagogies

  • Limit renovation work in the existing building to minimize the disruption and impact on the teaching and research occurring during the construction period

  • Provide office space and workstations that accommodate the current number of faculty and staff and anticipate future growth

  • Provide expanded research lab space for all groups

The ultimate goal is to maximize the return on the investment; to gain as much functional space as possible while celebrating STEM, science, and NKU in an environment that activates interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research.