Mark Jefferson Science Building

The 110,000 square foot science complex includes a grand atrium, suspended planetarium and pedestrian cable-stayed bridge. The building nestles between two existing buildings requiring extensive soil retention.

Vibration control was a strong concern in this building and an extensive analysis was completed. A king post truss design for floor beams accommodates the strict vibration, mechanical and architectural requirements.

RDA successfully supported the architect’s vision of the globe inside the box with open dialog, provocative imaginings, and remarkable results. The iconic expression of the weightless orb is a true mark of the successful collaboration of the building’s team.

  • Credits
  • Location – Ypsilanti, MI
  • Completed – 2011
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI – Owner
  • Lord Aeck & Sargent Architecture – Ann Arbor, MI Office – Architects
  • Christman Constructors, Lansing, MI – General Contractor
  • Stephen M. Rudner, PE, RDA, Ann Arbor, MI – Structural Engineer
  • Erik R. Majcher, SE, PE, RDA, Ann Arbor, MI – Structural Engineer
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