Segerstrom Science Center, Azusa Pacific University

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Segerstrom Science Center

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

With a long history in designing science and laboratory facilities, AC Martin was asked to design the new 74,780 SF Science Building on the Azusa Pacific University campus. The project included the renovation of the existing Wynn Science Building, as well as, the construction of a new teaching and research laboratory facility. The scheme will create meeting spaces throughout where students and faculty can gather, fostering teamwork and community.

The intention is to create a science center that consolidates and increases teaching space for mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology and provide an emphasis on fundamental research.  The building defines a new gateway to the campus with a glowing façade of channel glass – establishing a unifying and defining landmark for Azusa Pacific University. The building is organized around a central courtyard that provides daylight to interior spaces, and captures usable open space for a variety of campus and community based activities. The glazing on the façade, will allow filtered light into the lab spaces glowing and transforming into a beacon at night. 

The overall organization of the new building follows a repetitive unit of measurement used for classrooms and laboratory spaces, providing flexibility when future modifications becomes necessary. The master plan for the secondary campus is reinforced by defining the edge of a new campus quad and garden. The building has been certified LEED® Gold.

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