San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
Flad Architects is working on four higher education projects to enhance students’ experiences and promote sustainability. By employing the tenets of sustainable architecture, each project strives to reduce the use of non-renewable resources, minimize environmental impact, and relate people with their natural environment.
“These 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,” says Stevens Williams, Principal Designer of the projects. “These structures are not only efficient in their use of resources; they are emblematic of their mission 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.”
Merritt College Center for Science and Allied Health is designed to be a safe, accessible, and inspiring environment for learning; it will be further enhanced by sustainable approaches to acoustics, lighting, indoor air quality, daylight, and views. These elements will not only improve learning outcomes, they will underscore science as a means of promoting human health.
San Francisco State University Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies conducts research and offers instruction in marine biology, oceanography, wetlands ecology, and evolutionary genetics. Situated on 35-acre former naval station, extensive renovation, selective new construction, and site restoration will meet an institutional commitment to excellence in education as well as carbon neutrality.
California State University Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Center will be the backdrop for a new educational paradigm. With welcoming public areas that introduce students to an engaging, highly interactive learning environment, and dynamic visual connections between activities, the Center for STEM Education will not only cultivate a new generation of innovators, it ushers in an exciting new era for the university.
The California Maritime Academy Dining Commons replaces an existing food service facility, while adding programs that contribute to the quality of student life and support community outreach. Bounded by a steep slope, service access, and neighboring buildings, the dining commons occupies most of the available site area. The design addresses these conditions in a manner that is both economical and aesthetically coherent, using building materials that were selected for durability, economy, and compatibility with the campus context.
Flad Architects’ project portfolio, titled "Enhancing, Engaging, and Inspiring Campus Community," summarizes each of these projects in detail. To view the projects in a flipbook format, click on the link below or visit Flad's website under the Design Thinking section of Insights.
About Flad Architects
Flad Architects (http://www.flad.com) specializes in the planning and design of innovative facilities for healthcare, higher education, and science and technology clients. With offices throughout the United States, Flad is a nationally recognized leader in serving the complex needs of knowledge-based organizations.