Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif. recently broke ground on the 120,561-SF Mathematics and Science Building. The new building will provide 18 wet and dry science labs, interactive classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, collaboration areas, and a STEM center. We collaborated with general contractor Sundt Construction on the project, which will utilize the multiple-prime delivery method.

We designed the building with a focus on students and the time they spend studying, interacting, and socializing within its walls. To encourage communication and collaboration, we integrated open and flexible spaces. To break down barriers and accommodate the various ways students learn, we created spaces large enough for individual and group study, lectures, seminars and hands-on experimentation.

We also expanded the laboratory, classroom, office and support spaces. Each space in the building is multi-functional, providing opportunities for social engagement and mentorship. Spaces along corridors expand and contract to create spatial variety, providing areas for small-scale study groups or casual socialization.

The new building is projected for completion in the summer of 2019.