The Health & Natural Sciences Building at Kingwood College will house two distinct programs and their various departments, including the chemistry, geology, biology and physics/astronomy departments within the natural sciences program; and the nursing, respiratory, occupational therapy and dental-hygiene departments within the health program. The facility provides ASSOCIATED FIRMCarter-Burgess, Engineering; Gilbane, Construction ManagerCOST PER SQ FT$181.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio for science and computer labs, lecture halls, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, and a centralized storage area. Most of the teaching labs are on the second level. A dental-hygiene teaching clinic is situated to facilitate easy access to the general public coming to the department for dental checkups and cleanings. The main lobby is a 2½-story atrium space covered with a large sloped canopy roof. An overhang creates a shaded commons area for student use and has become a popular gathering spot for students.
The building is intended to be a bridge between the original campus quadrangle and the recently completed student-services building. Its scale and palette of materials acknowledged these competing vernaculars while establishing new design guidelines for future campus development. The exterior facade is predominantly banded brick with recessed windows. The atrium space extends visually to the commons area through a clear glass curtainwall. Interior atrium finishes include curvilinear wood panels, quartzite and slate flooring, and glass handrails.