A Connective Hub for Science Education and Innovation
Needing to connect their different graduate and undergraduate science programs in one central location, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) sought a state-of-the-art research hub that would advance its academic programming and mission. The resulting four-story, 90,000 sf CSUN Science Teaching Building achieves this and houses research and teaching labs, core lab facilities, classrooms, office spaces and computation research areas.
The science complex offers a four-story, outdoor lobby and plaza and a three-level outdoor public staircase which facilities circulation to the lab spaces across various floors. The building is comprised of two distinctive clusters for research and teaching facilities while faculty offices link the two clusters together, creating communal and collaborative space. A plaza facing the Botanical Gardens offers students quiet space for study and reflection and a continuous covered walkway enables pedestrian circulation around the facility while visually connecting the Science Complex and campus.