As the 2013 Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Award-winning project for the Southern Region, the science building has already begun to establish it’s own reputation within the higher education realm. In response to a district-wide comprehensive master plan, the San Jacinto College District identified a high priority need for science and allied health program additions for each campus. A design committee was established to set goals, develop a program of spaces and assist the architects in concept development. The Design Committee was made up of end-users and administrators representing the science program at the Central Campus.
The new science building includes a public entry and gathering areas, with a generous front lobby and a large allocation of space for common areas throughout the facility. Science instruction and support labs account for over 50% of the entire facility. These spaces include tiered lecture classrooms, recycling areas, custom instructional labs and support/prep areas for biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. All of the interiors are designed using sustainable materials. Faculty/staff areas include a science department office suite, faculty offices, and a lab supervisor office. Offices are designed to increase flexibility by using demount-able wall partitions.
+ This project is LEED Silver Certified.