As the first large-scale development on the north side of campus, the new Science Center maintains and extends the character of the original historic quad along a major artery that loops through campus. Brother Alfred Brousseau Hall houses instructional and support spaces and faculty offices for the biology and chemistry departments as well as a neuroscience instructional laboratory and an NMR in a new, three-story building.
The exterior design builds upon the college’s graceful Spanish Colonial architectural tradition of red clay tile roofs and decorative open eaves, white-washed walls and deep-set windows. Ornamental doors and grilles blend in with existing campus buildings. The interior design features a skylit atrium with spiral staircase and stained concrete lobby floor. The new building consolidates the science program at St. Mary’s, providing a new identity and the ability for its users to collaborate in a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility.