Washington & Jefferson College – Dieter Porter Laboratory Renovation

Project description

The Dieter-Porter Life Science Building, was built in 1981 and totals 50,000 square feet
in size. It contains classrooms, laboratories, and an auditorium. The building is also
home to the United States Department of Defense-funded Combat Stress Intervention
Program to develop solutions to poor access to health care for soldiers returning from
the Iraq and Afghanistan.

Approximately 42,000 square feet of the building, including classrooms, laboratories,
and the auditorium, was renovated as part of the University’s Science Initiative. The
renovations included constructing new common areas and a new entrance, install a
new HVAC system, and improve the animal laboratory. Particularly troubling was the
poor drainage, which led to flooding and mold accumulation, threatening the sterility of
the laboratories.