Segerstrom Science Center
Azusa Pacific University
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.
A Feasibility Study (Detailed Project Program) was prepared to address the need for renovating an existing 1973 science building on Azusa Pacific University’s campus and constructing a new facility beside it. Based on its findings, the University elected to have this new 72,000 gsf, three-story building designed for a different, high-profile campus site. The Segerstrom Science Center houses the Department of Biology and Chemistry and the Department of Mathematics and Physics, along with research and teaching components for the School of Nursing and Department of Physical Therapy.
Programmatic requirements were established for priority one and two categories, recognizing that limits may have to be set for project build-out. To assist in the overall organization of the new building and to meet good laboratory practices, a module of 10’-6”x 28’-0” and 10’-6”x 30’-0” was used to layout all classroom and laboratory spaces. To encourage interaction among those using the center, faculty offices are grouped around seating areas and students have study space on multiple floors that overlook an outdoor courtyard that is surrounded by the building.
This building is certified LEED® Gold