Projects: Higher Education

North Carolina State University: Plant Sciences Building

Modern infrastructure meets an interdisciplinary science hub

Installation Details

The innovative Plant Sciences Building began as a research program in 2014 with the goal to improve the world through innovation that solves grand agricultural challenges. The 185,000 square-foot building supports collaboration and team based problem solving through flexible neighborhoods of open space including labs and offices.

Specialty research spaces include partner labs, walk-in growth chambers, an electronics lab, a cellular and molecular imaging facility, and a rooftop greenhouse with 10,000 square feet of under-glass space that features BL-2P and -3P containment capabilities. In response to the inherently energy-intensive nature of the research spaces, the design strategy was also developed around selection of energy-reducing systems and sustainable materials, helping the project achieve LEED Gold certification.

Cramer placed 235 Fusion r+ ESD chairs in various labs in the Plant Sciences Building. Fusion chairs are remarkably durable, reliable and comfortable – making them a favorite for all-day sitters. The proprietary r+ covering is resistant to tears and punctures and the 3.5″ molded foam cushion provides consistent support throughout the day.

Fast Fact #1

235 Fusion R+ ESD Chairs

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185,000 square-feet facility

Fast Fact #3

A+D: Flad

Why Fusion for shared lab spaces:

  • Lab-grade materials support multiple users and long shifts.
  • 3.5” molded foam seat and back cushions support active, forward sitters all the work long day (and night)
  • r+ technology give forward sitters a non-slip grip for safety and chemical resistance.

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