Center for Science and Technology at Chapman University
The jury was impressed with the entry element and the thoughtful use of color and material within the building. The interior materials are well integrated into the architectural forms.
Congratulations AC Martin.
- Citation Award
Completion Date: 7/1/2018
Square Footage: 189000
Building Use: Mixed -- Science and Technology Educational Space and Stadium Seating
Location: Chapman University -- Orange, CA
The proposed Center for Science and Technology on the campus of a Chapman University will occupy a significant site. The site is currently a surface parking lot with tennis courts, located directly adjacent to the football field and the student union. The building will add 140,000 SF of educational space with two levels of below grade parking, 8,000 SF of stadium seating and a ground level arcade. Approximately 40,000 SF will remain as an unassigned shell space. There are three overriding themes incorporated in the concept: integration of collaborative spaces, science concept into the design and visibly sustainable features.
The programming effort involved a series of meeting with students, faculty and administrators to determine the best use of the space available. Discussions investigated the philosophical direction of the science department and how the new building could support that vision. The faculty and the administrators expressed a strong desire to foster collaboration and wanted to provide spaces that would encourage meetings and discussions outside the classrooms and laboratories. The overall programming envisions three collaborations zones, with the central zone being the most robust. Labeled as the ‘heart of the building’ the center zone will feature a central gathering amphitheater and similar activities on all three floors.
The design of the new building explores permeability and offers a welcoming face to the campus and surrounding community. The entry plaza facing the student union is defined by a transparent stair and teaching lab, with generous glazing allowing for ‘science’ to be on display. Throughout the length of the building, ‘events’ are introduced to create collaborative spaces and to allow views out to the east and west. A stepped amphitheater will allow for casual meeting and working, and also provides connectivity vertically through the building. A connecting stair rises from the second to the third floor to continuing the vertical connection. Each floor will have a collection of meeting rooms, lounges complete with coffee making facilities and student gathering spaces. At the second floor, an outdoor terrace is adjacent to the amphitheater and allowing for collaboration to spill outdoors. The terrace also provides a physical break in the rather long Eastern elevation. At the third floor, due to the prescribed set back, there exists an opportunity to have terraces and gardens along the Eastern face of the building. The faculty lounge and seminar room have been located specifically to take advantage of this.
An open arcade will occupy the first floor Eastern face of the building and connect to the existing sidewalk at a number of locations. It is anticipated that student will be circulating along Center Street to reach campus from the residential complex located to the north of the site. The arcade will provide a protected, pleasant route to get to campus. The entry facing Center Street will provide access to the visitor’s stadium seating located on the Western side facing the football field. Another entrance from the arcade will be located at the “heart” allowing the space to flow out.
C.O.T.E. | Committee on the Environment
|Donna Clandening - Marketing Principal (AC Martin)|
Associate Architect or Firm:
Robert Murrain, AIA, LEED AP - Principal
Andrea Cabalo, LEED AP BD+C - Sr. Project Director
Gail Bouvrie, AIA, LEED AP - Director of Design
Jeff Su - Designer
|Bennitt Design Group
Todd Bennitt - Principal
Boo Y. Jang - Sr. Assoc.
Owner / Developer:
Kris Olsen - Vice President
Campus Planning & Operations
Richard Holzer - Managing Principal
Brandow and Johnston, Inc.
DRC Engineering, Inc.
Warren Williams - Principal
|unbuilt -- not determined|
Jeff Dresser - Proj. Manager
The Ruzika Company
Tom Ruzika - President
Samantha Rawlings - Sr. Assoc.
|unbuilt - renderings only|