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 districtwide 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 conceptual 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 were designed using sustainable materials. 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.