Washington & Lee University envisioned a physical space that would support the transformation of undergraduate science education at the University.

The Integrative & Quantitative (IQ) Center creates a technology and instrument-rich teaching and research suite to provide access to major and non-major students for developing their scientific curiosity, literacy and creativity. The Center supports interdisciplinary and student-centered teaching and learning. The programs and activities have high visibility throughout the center and across the University, encouraging clear, understandable scientific communication to non-scientific audiences.  


  • 4,508 SF
  • Renovation
  • STEM

Within the center, the student spaces provide for project-based activities and foster collaboration among faculty and students with flexible furniture and ease of circulation throughout the space.

Some of its unique aspects include: 
• A stereo 3-D lab with multiple portable flat screens for display to small groups, and a large central screen 
• Interactive teaching walls to make every space a collaborative working area 
• A computer visualization lab, with eight high-performance work stations with dual monitors and dual ceiling-mounted projectors, for a seamless wall-to-wall image at the front of the room 
• five microscope labs with an array of different microscopes from SEM to Confocal 
• A flexible maker-lab designed for fabrication, visualization, motion capture and other imaging and data-collection technologies  
• An area for large format and 3-D printing 

Promoting collaboration and creativity 

The variety of different labs, all made highly visible, is the core of the program. Promoting collaboration, creativity and discovery among the students and faculty, the lab spaces are featured as bright transparent boxes placed within an otherwise dark-toned environment. Darker colored corridors recede into the background, pushing the labs to the foreground and giving them an attractive visual presence.  
Macrographic images showing magnified views of different specimens are located at the entrance of every microscope lab. Each image is specific to the microscope used in the room, creating a sense of curiosity about the potential discoveries therein.