This addition serves as a new entrance to the campus. The building’s main entrance sits atop a grand, arcing stair segmented by large exterior planters leading to a rooftop terrace above the lecture hall. This terrace overlooks a sunken courtyard at the same level as the ground floor, creating exterior rooms that face south and embrace the COST PER SQ FT$162.50FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio building.
Locally quarried stone, tinted green glass and brick compose the exterior material palette. The focus on incorporating sustainable-design principles throughout the process—attention to recycled materials, use of natural light and alternative energy sources—resulted in an environmentally conscious solution.
The educational program required six new science lab/classrooms and a new 60-seat hall that offers flexible lecture space. The building “stacks” labs on three floors with office and prep rooms between each; the ground-floor lab and office spaces have direct access to a two-zone greenhouse.
Several entities—including the county, state, architect and a private donor—worked together to meet the design challenges and make this project a success.