James Madison University CISAT Academic Building, Phase III


Special Features

This project is the third phase of classroom construction on the JMU CISAT (College of Integrated Science and Technology) campus in Harrisonburg, Va. The building is a 3 1/2 story, 89,484-square-foot chemistry and physics laboratory facility. The building is linked to the existing CISAT Academic 2 Building by an enclosed connector, which includes a tunnel underneath to interconnect it with existing utilities serving buildings A1 and A2. The building is a steel-framed structure with brick veneer, backed up by a combination of sheathed metal framing, concrete and CMU. It includes a generous portion of architectural precast accents and aluminum curtainwall. The exterior envelope is designed to match the existing academic buildings. It provides much needed classroom and laboratory space for the chemistry, physics, and biology departments.

The building is located adjacent to an existing classroom building that is among the busiest on campus. Pedestrian access to the existing building’s east elevation, which faces A-3, was maintained throughout the duration of construction. The building is bounded on the north side by Carrier Drive, which is the main thoroughfare through the CISAT campus.

The site is underlain by karstic limestone, with an unknown quantity, size, and location of voids and caverns. Extensive soil testing and remedial foundation stabilization work took place prior to starting on the structure itself.