The Keck Center for Science and Engineering was commissioned by the university and occupies a significant site on campus directly adjacent to the university football field and iconic student center. The building adds educational space, two levels of below grade parking, athletic stadium seating and a ground level arcade; approximately 40,000 SF is currently unassigned. The building presents a permeable, welcoming face to the campus and surrounding community, organized to take advantage of spaces outside the classrooms, labs and offices –creating an interactive environment where ideas and knowledge are shared and developed.
One enters from the north into a generously daylit two-story space. A wide corridor is lined with floor-to-ceiling glass and integrated display cabinets, embodying the “putting science on display” philosophy of the center. Throughout the length of the building views are offered of the east and west, as well as the introduction or “events” as collaborative spaces.
The heart of the building consists of a variety of gathering spaces. A stepped amphitheater allows for casual meeting and working; providing connectivity vertically through the building. The hallway is lined with back painted glass and benches placed on rails allowing for personalization of study groups. At the second floor, an outdoor terrace is adjacent to the amphitheater and allows for the collaborative space to spill to outdoors. The terrace also provides a physical break in the rather long eastern elevation. At the third floor the faculty lounge and seminar room take advantage of the terraces and roof gardens.
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