Sited on the eastern edge of a lake on the rolling hills of the Clayton State University Campus, the Lakeview Discovery and Science Center’s form unfolds towards the water, taking advantage of its beautiful natural setting. The building serves as a literal “gateway” to an expanding campus, framing vistas of the lake and trees from various spaces within the building. The three-story lab building is designed as a modern home for STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math), featuring stacked biology and chemistry suites, each integrating research, prep, and teaching labs.
The University grew from 4,675 students in 2001 to more than 7,200 students in 2015, making additional lab and classroom space critical for the University’s Natural Sciences Department. The site, adjacent to a major pedestrian axis of the campus, needed to take maximum advantage of the visual and environmental amenity of a small lake, forming both a visual and pedestrian gateway to future campus development across the lake.
The building presents a more solid façade toward, and in keeping with, the existing campus to the south, and a more transparent elevation toward the lake and future campus expansion. The floor plans are organized along a single-loaded corridor, lined by a transparent wall on the lake side, and research labs to the west.
“The new building has given the university first class, laboratories, research space and classrooms and had a substantial impact on the way faculty teach and students learn. We appreciate the collaboration that occurred on this challenging but extremely rewarding project.”
“It was a gratifying experience for SLAM to design a project that deployed high design, economy, and functionality to meet an urgent need on campus for a building that provided students with the laboratories they needed to earn the prerequisites necessary to graduate from college. This project was also a great exercise in overcoming unexpected obstacles to achieve our shared goals by working collaboratively and harmoniously with the project team.”