The Central Stair
At the core of the building, the open Central Stair provides access to all floors, along with views of the Greenway landscape outside, as well as labs and working spaces inside, via glass walls. In a vestibule off the stair is an interactive computer display presenting faculty and student research.
The North and South Commons
A large, open area runs the length of the building and is separated by the Central Stair into the North and South Commons. A unifying space, the two commons bring all elements of the building together across levels. The commons, in turn, are open to campus. The large, west-facing glass curtain wall hangs in tension, with no columns to separate it from campus, making the work of science visible.
The Glass Wall
The dramatic glass wall provides more than a spectacular view. It helps us meet our energy conservation goals. Efficient glass, innovative shading, and natural ventilation systems make our wall a key part of our energy strategy.
Built into the hillside, the ground floor receives natural light from the recessed Winter Garden. Surrounding the Garden are social and study spaces. Light from the Winter Garden
What is Biophillic Design?
Rooted in the belief that people thrive in natural settings, biophillic design connects interior spaces with natural surroundings, creating a flow between inside and outside. In the Science Center, abundant natural light, extensive use of natural materials, maximized views of the landscape, and green roofs all serve to connect the interior with the scenic and living Greenway.