Augustana University


Froiland Science Complex

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

125,000 GSF / 11,600 m2

Architecture, Engineering, Lab Planning, Landscape Architecture, Programming

PRIDE Awards - Design Excellence Award, On the Boards

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The Froiland Science Complex reinvents an existing 1960s science building and unites it with a new 42,000-square-foot addition, creating a modern science facility that elevates Augustana’s ability to prepare exceptional undergraduate students through interactive scientific study, research, and simulation learning. The project seamlessly weaves together old and new, creating a cohesive interior language while also differentiating core research and study areas for biology, chemistry, physics, math, nursing, computer science and exercise science.

The result is an advanced facility that unifies the disciplines for team-based learning. At the juncture between existing and new construction, transparent spaces pull in natural light, encourage collaboration and elegantly fuse the two buildings. Six technology-rich “classatory” rooms fold together traditional classroom elements and laboratory components, like the high-fidelity simulation center for health sciences. Glass-enclosed laboratories put science on display, enhancing the culture of research.