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San Diego Mesa College Mathematics and Natural Sciences Building

San Diego Mesa College Mathematics and Natural Sciences Building

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San Diego Mesa College Mathematics and Natural Sciences Building

San Diego Mesa College School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, completed in 2013, is a four story complex that boasts interdisciplinary learning environments that dissolve boundaries among disciplines and promote serendipitous learning. Delawie designed the educational spaces for students pursuing degree and certificate programs in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences and Mathematics. The building consists of instructional classrooms; computer classrooms; teaching laboratory classrooms; and faculty, staff, and administrative support space. In addition to cutting-edge technology throughout, the complex includes numerous study spaces. Small group areas were designed to feature glass walls where formulas are often drawn for interactive study. Specialty spaces include a greenhouse and astronomy observation center. The exterior courtyard space was designed to be used for instruction in biology and the physical sciences. A constrained site required a multi-story building to fit all programmed space into a single building. The central lobby is the activity hub, connecting the lab wing of the building with the faculty and general classroom wing. The building is essentially “pulled apart” to create a distinction between the main building functions. This gesture allowed for increased natural light to penetrate into all of the classroom and lab spaces. The thrust boxes at the two main entries reinforce this “pulling apart” design concept.

  • Year: 2013
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Size: 200,000 SF
  • Program: Shell & T.I., Design-Build Construction, DSA Approval, Greenhouse, Astronomy Observation Area, Wet Labs, Classrooms, Offices
  • Certification: LEED Silver