Helios goes up

The new Helios building, viewed from the north.
The Helios building, replacing the demolished State Health Lab building, is topping out. The colorful facade is temporary, if the rendering on the University's sign is to be believed. In reality, it will look a lot like the Warren Hall replacement by the same architect, SmithGroup. The scale of it isn't too bad - it forms street walls along Oxford and Hearst and is relatively compact in relation to the site. The height seems reasonable from the north. I assume the intent is to redevelop the entire site over time, but I haven't seen the plan, if any, for that eventuality. The design is less interesting than SmithGroup's Sutardja Dal Hall to the east. This is pretty standard university lab fare, as is Warren.


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