“ . . . great sustainability efforts . . . loved the green roof . . . very commanding feature . . . “
At the forefront of planning was the concept that the sciences had to break out of their habits of insular research and teaching and come together to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary interaction. The building reflects this mission to break down departmental barriers and bring people together inside and outside the laboratories by proving open, light-filed meeting spaces, large glass walls separating corridors and the laboratories, and the promotion of science on display to allow clear lines of vision onto the important work being conducted within. The facility established new standards for science education and contributes to new building and site standards for the entire campus. It is a teaching tool, a beacon for sustainable practices, and an active participant in the education of the whole person.
“Our project is unlike any other undergraduate STEM project in the country, and has supported more collaborative efforts between our faculty and students in the few months that we have been open. The project attracts students from all over campus and serves as a focal point. Sustainability measures employed in the design allow the building itself to become a teaching tool. We are only beginning to understand the impact this building will have on our science programs and our overall campus enrollment and faculty recruitment efforts. We have fundamentally changed STEM education at Loyola Marymount University and have guaranteed our university’s future success,” says S.W. Tina Choe, Professor and Dean.
CO Architects; also Thornton Tomasetti; IBE consulting Engineers (now Stantec); KPFF Consulting Engineers; Research Facilities Design; Whitin Design Works; KGM Architectural Lighting