Irvine Valley College, Life Sciences Building

Irvine, California

Rooted in a collaborative community, the Life Sciences Building grows from a shared vision that science is for every student.

A compact site between aging academic buildings and the adjacent residential neighborhood, the design demonstrates the highest level of sustainable principles, is a gathering place for all students, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$308.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress a cutting-edge scientific platform and offers flexibility to change with time. The open atrium linking the outdoor and indoor learning environments reflects the philosophy that the sciences are informed by exchange and exploration.

Growing from the desire to live inside a building that reflects the environmental sensibilities of the stakeholders, it is designed to the level of LEED gold. Indigenous planting surrounds the building, informing the curriculum and reducing water consumption. Although the organization of the building elements is driven by the functional demands of the learning environment, the form and orientation of the building grow from its context.

Flexibility is the ultimate sustainable design strategy. It will extend the life of the building for future generations and optimize the investment being made today.