University of San Diego, Science and Technology Center

San Diego, California

  • FIRM

    Carrier Johnson


    The Board of Trustees of the University of San Diego

  • AREA

    149,531 sq.ft.





The Science and Technology Center will house the departments of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Marine and Environmental Sciences for the University of San Diego. The center consolidates academic disciplines that previously were in separate buildings. The design creates adjacencies in the floor plans that reinforce symbiotic teaching and research relationships among ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$229.18FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress groups. Mosaic “nodes” in the corridor floor patterns reflect these relationships.

The centerpiece of the design is an entry lobby with a microscope form that intersects all four floors of the building. Light will flow into this space through a skylight and be refracted through a series of luminous glass panels. A colored “slide” placed in the “microscope” on level two will recreate T.W. Engelmann’s landmark experiment of 1883 that identified the colors of light most conducive to photosynthesis.

Photographer: ©Glenn Cormier