Flad Architects

NC State Plant Sciences Building Wins Metal Construction Association Design Award

The North Carolina State University Plant Sciences Building has added to its growing list of honors with a Metal Construction Association (MCA) Design Award in the category of Metal Composite Material. The MCA Design Awards, previously known as The Chairman's Awards, are determined by a panel of judges and recognize the construction of outstanding building projects that use metal in significant and innovative ways.

Flad designed the Plant Sciences Building and worked with supplier and MCA member 3A Composites USA on the project. Home of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative, the Plant Sciences Building features innovative use of metal for a clean and elegant design. The project utilized a variety of metals and other sustainable materials, contributing to its LEED Gold certification.

The 185,000-square-foot interdisciplinary science hub brings together experts from across campus to address the grand agricultural challenges in an environment that supports collaborative, team-based problem solving within the university as well as with corporate and government partners. The design features neighborhoods of open, flexible laboratories, offices, and collaboration spaces to support these cross-disciplinary research pursuits.

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November 27, 2023