AcademicMerritt College Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health

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Communities are united by shared stories, sometimes told by narrative quality in architecture. The college envisioned a functionally expressive and formally ambitious center that would fit seamlessly into the context of the campus. In response, the building's design has two distinct natures - a north (campus) side will be physically similar to existing buildings, while the south (public) side welcomes learners with a message of progressive change. In metaphoric terms, the campus side is a conversation, the public side is a statement. That statement is carried by a practical application; an integrated sun screen system to reduce glare and mitigate heat gain is articulated to represent a method of genetic coding. A Story in the Skin : a graphic based in science Reflecting current research, this coding signifies a genetic legacy that unites all people while recognizing diversity in our population.

Inspiring campus community

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LEED Gold
Designed to LEED-NC Gold

Flad Architects produced bridging documents for the development of the Center for Science and Allied Health, which will be a key component and defining element for the Merritt College campus. Positioned on a dramatic site above San Francisco Bay, the building embodies ambitious goals for programs in life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and allied health.

Once completed, the building will house all of the college's health and science related programs; classrooms featuring wet, dry, and simulation labs; and “learning neighborhoods” that each include faculty and administrative offices and instructional support spaces. The facility will also accommodate new instructional programs including microscopy and genomics. Designed with sustainability in mind (LEED Gold) - acoustics, lighting, indoor air quality, daylight, and views all enhance the educational experience.

Completing the courtyard and creating a strong campus core, the center will both welcome the public and provide a safe, healthy, accessible, and inspiring environment for students.

Location: Oakland, California

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"Academic projects are especially rewarding for me, because they are platforms for education. They are each designed to enhance students' experiences, to engage with a broader community, to uplift and inspire a whole new generation. These structures are not only efficient in their use of resources, they are emblematic of their missions and reflective of their campus contexts. These buildings are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment and an extraordinary impact on the individual."

 Stevens WilliamsAIA, LEED AP BD+C, PrincipalFlad Architects