The science center design features more than 58,000 square feet of open architecture that provides multiple shared and integrated learning environments and supports emerging and evolving technologies. Architectural scale and functional adaptations of traditional design elements integrate the building into its historical COST PER SQ FT$367.62FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized context.
The brick and zinc exterior, similar to adjacent buildings, identifies the Meldrum Science Center as part of the Westminster campus. Designed to facilitate progressive learning technologies, the building is a vibrant model of sustainability that reflects the college’s commitment to environmental responsibility; it is seeking LEED platinum certification. Meldrum embodies sustainable building principles—serving as a learning tool for the students and faculty who use the building.
The central atrium (with a floor of reclaimed lumber) not only brings in light, but also enables the various floor levels to open up one to another—this provides a space where science learners can assemble as a community to collaborate and experiment within the building. This space will be used for student displays, lectures, study and special events to help create an atmosphere for learning that is unique and memorable.