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Hall of Science

“The project was the first time this design-build delivery has been executed on our campus. We will support this project team and the design-build approach for future projects and other owners.”

—Mark Zakhour, CASp, Senior Construction Manager CSULB

Description

Housing 29 modern teaching labs and 31 research labs for use by faculty, this new Hall of Science features an open-space design that promotes lively interaction, integrated research and education, as well as the cross-disciplinary pursuits that are hallmarks of contemporary practice.

The Hall of Science replaces teaching and research labs that were more than 50 years old with durable, flexible facilities. Yet it also allows access to four large lecture halls equipped with the latest innovations in instructional technology as well as marine biology labs, vivarium and clean rooms. On the rooftop, three botanical greenhouses and an astronomy pad for telescopes add valuable, usable space for student teaching and research projects.

The entry design is carefully crafted to welcome students to the sciences. A landscaped berm guides visitors inside while minimizing the scale of ground-level auditoria. The main lobby presents a "gallery for the sciences,” with display and exhibit cases and generous access from Friendship Walk.

Once inside, the new students enjoy laboratories are equipped with flexible equipment and benches, allowing for different orientations for instructional spaces.

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