MiraCosta Community College is set to receive a new HED-designed Chemistry and Biotechnology laboratory building.
Situated on the northeast quadrant of the Oceanside Campus, the $37.4 million project will include 24,000 sf of STEM instructional space that will feature new chemistry labs and 40-person, flexible classrooms. The building will provide a new, expanded home for the college’s Biotechnology Program.
The project will advance the STEM curriculum to the next level with the help of the facility’s mix of instructional, work, social, and laboratory spaces. The building will be activated through integration with the latest learning technology systems.
The design takes advantage of the mild Oceanside climate through the incorporation of a ‘big roof’ that provides a weather-protected exterior space for gatherings and interactions. It also will serve as a transition from the building into the quad. Covered and screened porches of varying widths will activate connections to adjoining spaces and provide exterior study and meeting spaces for students.
"This facility takes a 'science on display' approach to stimulating student interest and sharing aspects of the Chemistry and Biotech programs with visitors as well. Large windows and continuous circulation routes allow easy circulation around the building without disturbing classes and labs," said Jennette La Quire, Principal and Project Leader with HED, in a release.
In addition to HED, C.W. Driver is building the project.