Punit will present on the Santa Monica College Science and Math Center project, set to open in 2021. Below is a brief overview of the presentation.
Adaptability Santa Monica College Science and Math Center – A Sustainable and Iconic Solution for a Two-Year Community College
In an environment where the cost of higher education and student loan debt continues to rise, community colleges are becoming attractive to prospective students for vocational training, as well as a place to learn before transferring to a four-year degree college. However, to attract prospective students who have studied in state-of-the-art high schools and visited cutting edge four-year colleges, the community colleges must improve their infrastructure and facilities. Santa Monica College is one such public two-year community college in Santa Monica, California. Seeking a solution to be competitive within the California market including four-year institutions, the college sought to bring together many of the disparate science and math programs scattered across the campus into one single interdisciplinary building. This project involves the construction of a new Interdisciplinary Science and Math Center, connected to the current Science Building, that would consolidate the Mathematics and Science programs including math, anthropology, astronomy, geography, geology, and physical and life sciences. The presentation will focus on the value of sustainable design and planning in bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together in one single building that is flexible and adaptable over its life.