The new $55.2 million Science, Mathematics, Nursing and Central Plant Complex is a three-story integrated science building. Using a parking lot as a geothermal ground coupler and photovoltaic solar panels to generate energy, this state-of-the-art facility accommodates labs, classrooms and offices in seven scientific disciplines: physical sciences (physics COST PER SQ FT$464.52FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLaboratories astronomy); life and Earth sciences (anthropology, plant and animal biology, chemistry, geology and geography); mathematics and computer sciences; health sciences/nursing; non-departmental spaces (offices, classrooms, storage and support); information technology center serving both the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses; and central utility plant.
A semi-intensive usable green roof and recycled single-ply cool roofs also were installed.
In achieving a LEED-certified gold rating, the architect used low-toxicity, maintenance-friendly, recycled contents, sun-shading devices, low-E glazing and locally/regionally harvested materials supporting indoor air quality objectives. The complex includes plant and animal facilities; modular/flexible wet and dry labs; museum; controlled environments; rooftop solar panels for hot-water heating; offices; resource center/conference spaces; energy-smart indoor and outdoor classrooms; and faculty/student interactive areas.