Ohio Aerospace Institute Nine Ohio universities, together with governmental and private agencies, make up the consortium of the Ohio Aerospace Institute. The purpose of this building is to create an atmosphere for advanced university research, communication, and application. The building’s design succeeds in allowing resident and visiting scholars to join together to share their on-going research. A three-story atrium links a technologically advanced lecture hall to second floor classrooms and third floor offices and workshops. The offsetting of these three levels in plan visually connects secured work areas to the public lobby. The sweeping roof system essentially creates one large volume, in which scholars interact as they pursue collaborative projects. The Institute created an atmosphere, which is collegial and makes unplanned contact easy and, indeed, unavoidable. To this end, single or double offices are interspersed with open office workstations. Common areas are located at key points of circulation so that chance encounters can be turned into productive conversations around tables or in lounge furniture. This dual nature of the Institute is reflected in its design. The public side is entered through a three-story atrium, serving as the entry point for the two building functions. A lecture hall, equipped for many forms of electronic communications, opens off the atrium. The second floor houses classrooms, seminar rooms and a multipurpose room. The Administrative Staff is on the third floor. Both in its interior spaces and as an object in the landscape, the building’s design is intended to reflect the excitement of the aerospace enterprise. Because of its proximity to the airport, its appearance from the air is considered important. While a literal reference to spacecraft is not appropriate, the forms convey an image consistent with the building’s use. Modern technology is utilized to maximize energy efficiency and acoustical quality in the building. The specially coated window assemblies are filled with argon gas and lined with tailor-made gaskets for optimum insulation. Three different types of glass make up the curtainwall: Reflective glass for areas that house closed offices, classrooms, administrative offices, the auditorium, and the skylight; tinted glass for the front of the building where the entrance and three-story atrium are located; and tinted glass with a low-emissivity coating for scholar work areas.Although the scholar portion of the facility is not open to the public, it is visually accessible. This has been accomplished by offsetting each of the three floor levels. The two upper floors, mezzanine and balcony, step back in plan, so that they overlook the floor below. A softly curved roof encloses the entire space, including the atrium. This multi-level educational research facility is essentially one large volume. It allows for scholars to interact as they pursue collaborative projects.