As part of a phased, 20-year master plan produced by Ratcliff to support the school’s changing program and need for future expansion, Phase 2 encompasses the design of a new STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math) Innovation Center for the campus.
The 39,000 sf Center supports and enhances the interdisciplinary interaction of the Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math departments. Although each classroom is specifically designed for its program, the project creates spaces both inside and out that provide blended, collaborative project opportunities. These physical relationships encourage synergies between different disciplines with opportunities for sharing space, tools, equipment—and most importantly, ideas. Interactive spaces also support the faculty, with collocated department offices and conference rooms adjacent to teaching spaces, where faculty can share ideas and engage with students.
The Center provides a contemporary interpretation of the existing campus brick vernacular by introducing metal panel and operable sunshades in its design expression. The building design is also a learning tool for students that highlights sustainable strategies, such as exposed thermal mass and radiant conditioning, operable sunshades that track the sun over the course of the day, and displays that monitor building energy use and achieved efficiency.