With outdated facilities, growing demand for interdisciplinary science, and a concurrent 20 percent increase in the student body, the college needed significant increases in both quantity and quality science spaces. Conceived as a vertically connected walk-up science community, the design takes advantage of the topography of the site by building much of its bulk down the steep slope. With only three floors above grade, the design conceals much of the building’s volume down the hill to fit the existing context of the neighboring buildings. Providing new departmental homes for biology and computer science, the center includes teaching labs, research labs, support spaces, offices, a rooftop greenhouse, and an animal facility. The building’s interdisciplinary identity is supported by spaces for STEM leadership, the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Science and Studies, and Neuroscience.