Carthage College, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for Natural and Social Sciences

Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture

  • CLIENT

    Carthage College

  • AREA

    105,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $32,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    9/2015

Design team
Raymond Maggi, Michael Reagan, Mike Harding, Jason Stipanovich

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences sat largely untouched over its 50-year history. By expanding the existing 70,000-square-foot building to 105,000 square feet, Carthage College now is able to accommodate its growing enrollment in the sciences, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$305.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation a multidisciplinary curriculum, and foster student-faculty interaction.
The building is a public circulation loop that encompasses four parallel program zones: classrooms, teaching labs, undergraduate research labs, and faculty offices. A linear service spine divides the central two lab-focused program zones and provides continuous back-of-house service and equipment storage.
A new apublic plaza with ample seating fills the space between the new entrance and the adjacent administration building and offers soft organic arrangements of spaces to contrast with the linear glazing of the new entrance addition. Natural materials and landscape forms further emphasize the connection to the native landscape.
Like the scientific exploration happening within its walls, the architecture of the Straz Center reflects upon, builds upon, and reinterprets the natural environment.