Wilkes University- Cohen Science Center

Project Type: Education

Wilkes University
Cohen Science Center
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Architect: SaylorGregg Architects

Wilkes University, founded in 1933 as Bucknell Junior College, is a private, coeducational, comprehensive institution with a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,100 students. The University is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, on the western edge of the Pocono Mountains.

It was the intention of the University to renovate the existing science building, Stark Hall, and construct an addition to the facility to house the departments of Biology and Health Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.

The Cohen Science Center adds 72,000 SF on four floors with of state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory spaces that encourages interdisciplinary research and study. The new building wraps around the existing Stark Hall and nearly all Wilkes students will take a class in this new light-filled facility.  The building was designed and constructed to meet a LEED silver certification.

Metropolitan Acoustics designed the acoustics of all the common areas, labs and classrooms. Interior room acoustics, acoustical isolation and mechanical system noise and vibration control were designed for each of these areas to provide an appropriate learning and collaboration environment.

The AV system included educational technology in each of the labs and classrooms which had wireless connection to the display system.  Interactive displays and video conferencing were required in some of the rooms. The building also included an impressive video wall in the main lobby. The purpose of the wall is to show energy system usage in the building. It is made up of six 60” high definition panels. Each department has its own digital signage display system incorporated into the building.