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Science Building


Project Delivery Method:
Project Budget:
Construction Duration:
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CM Multiprime
$57.4 million
2011 - 2013
Proposition N

The City College Science Building is a four-story, L-shaped building providing 98,000 gross square feet of new construction for the Astronomy, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences programs. The building includes new classrooms, labs and state-of-the-art technology, a teaching garden, a rooftop observation deck and a planetarium. An instructional block houses all of the classrooms along with offices and the planetarium. The other block is designated for all of the laboratory areas, separating “dry” labs from “wet” labs.
The project was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in August 2017. 
Sustainable Features:
  • The exterior is comprised of a fiber cement panel ‘rainscreen’ system which provides a waterproof membrane behind open joints.  The gap allows for the circulation of air across the vapor barrier.
  • Sunshade devices are used on the south elevation to reduce solar heat gain and glare.
  • Light shelves harvest daylight which reduces energy demands from artificial lighting, and helps to reduce eyestrain and increase productivity. 
  • All windows utilize ‘high performance’ glass that allows sunlight to filter into the building, but reduces the amount of UV light and solar heat entering the building.
  • All walls and roof areas are highly insulated, helping to conserve energy resources and making the building more comfortable by maintaining a healthy and uniform temperature.
  • The landscape materials will include native and drought tolerant plants.
By The Numbers:
  • 1500 tons of rebar
  • 47,000 square feet of exterior cement panels
  • 11,000 square feet of curtain wall/glazing
  • 5,700 square feet of metal panels
  • 3,100 square feet of brick siding
  • 12,021 square feet of exposed concrete
  • 16,100 square feet of ceramic tile
  • 32,800 square feet of carpet
  • 31,500 square feet of Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)
Project Partners:
  • Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
  • Construction Manager: Rudolph and Sletten
  • Structural Engineer: Stedman & Dyson Structural Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Bureau Veritas N.A., Inc.
  • Fire Alarm & Security: Xnth Technology Design
  • Fire Protection: Protection Design & Consulting
  • Landscape Architect: Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects
  • Propositions S & N Program Manager:  Gafcon, Inc.
  • Campus Project Manager: Thomas J. Fine, CCM, JE Moore Consulting
  • Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E) Project Manager: Laura Faustine, Gafcon, Inc. 
  • Photography: David Hewitt/Anne Garrison Architectural Photography