62,500 GSF, 5,574 M2
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Lab Planning, Landscape Architecture
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold
Citation Award, Excellence in Masonry Design, Distinguished Building Award, First Place -- Category II -- Institutional Buildings (New), Technology Awards
2030 challenge, classroom, cool roof, daylighting, efficient lighting, energy efficiency, energy modeling, exterior sun shading, green design, high-efficiency irrigation, high-performance glazing, high-performance lighting, indoor environmental quality, instructional laboratory, landscape for stormwater control, leadership in energy and environmental design, learning environment, leed, photovoltaic, renewable energy, research laboratory, stem, stormwater management, sustainability, sustainable building, sustainable design, sustainable material, united states green building council, usgbc
Hardly a cliché at this college, the idea of a “living laboratory” takes on real meaning and teaching function when deliberate ideas in architecture and engineering are integrated with educational mission. That was the design parti pris for SmithGroupJJR for this high-tech-looking science building that sits lightly on its fragile desert site.
The result breaks ground in its typology, as noted by educators and experts: Highly energy-efficient and sustainable, the facility invites students to an interactive kiosk where they can track the energy harvested by its solar panels and study its sophisticated mechanical systems. Readouts on water use and power loads speak to the efficient, integrated design. A planetarium is powered by the photovoltaic arrays, and a rooftop observation deck is tailored for telescope sky watching.
Formal education occurs in advanced classrooms and labs for astronomy, chemistry, engineering, geology and physics. The college desired an intellectually engaging environment, and the spaces are laid out to foment student-faculty collaboration and innovative teaching in formal, informal and impromptu settings.