The existing science programs were housed in a facility that was nearing its end of life. It was added on to and infilled over several decades and did not properly support academic programs. New programs within the existing 34,200 sf existing spaces will be student centric with academic breakout spaces, in addition to seven new instructional classrooms to support a variety of teaching strategies. Part of establishing a new simplified corridor for wayfinding required a relocation and consolidation of the existing office suite. The new office suite at the intersection of the addition and the new main student corridor will create new collaboration opportunities and shared amenities to foster new relationships among the faculty.
The 51,400 square foot new addition will create new modern facilities for both the Computer Information Sciences (CIS) department and the science programs. CIS will expand into a new first floor suite showcasing the technologies within adaptable labs. The science programs will move into the second floor of the wing. Multiple locations were studied for the placement of the addition. With consideration to long range campus master planning implications, the southwest site was identified as the best site for the following reasons:
Maintains the best features of the C Building as an asset by demolishing dilapidated portions and reusing the original structure. Simplifies the main corridor redefining the connection from the services in the B Building to the Library and Student Center to the east. Gives new identities to both the CIS and science departments on their own floors of the new addition.
Creates new outdoor amenities with a welcoming front approach, open lawn and covered event space. Preserves other building locations for future new facilities with better departmental adjacencies. Restores the original exterior pathways and watershed across the campus.