North Lake College, Science + Medical Professions Building
Square Footage: 25,000
The Science and Medical Professions Building E is a new addition designed to increase the college’s ability to provide students with a curriculum leading to medical careers. The building provides over 25,000 GSF of new academic space, expanding the college’s existing science facility, Building C. The program provides flexible teaching laboratories for the natural sciences including chemistry, micro-biology, anatomy and physiology, and science information technology. To better serve the college’s nursing majors, there is an anatomy and physiology/SCIT combination lab.
The variety of classroom sizes in the building fits the needs of the college. In order to accommodate larger classes, there is a large-tiered classroom serving 100 students; one medium classroom serving 60 students; and four small classrooms each serving 30 students. This provides flexible and adaptable space to accommodate different classes and course curriculum.
To promote student interaction and community involvement, there is a gathering space on the second floor with an outdoor balcony overlooking the paved brick plaza. The space offers both standing and sitting areas, as well as interaction zones that animate the corridors. Dispersed faculty offices help foster student and faculty interaction. The building also includes a central atrium space for student gathering and informal meeting space.
The project has incorporated sustainable design principles and was awarded LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. The project also includes the expansion of the central plant to increase capacity for hot and chilled water.