Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics + Nursing
Perkins + Will
Honorable Mention 2017 Education Design Showcase
Facility Use: 4-year Institution
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Classrooms/Academic Buildings
Location: Bowie, MD
District/Inst.: Bowie State University
Completion Date: June 2017
Gross Area: 148,995 sq. ft.
Site Size: 3 acres
Total Cost: $86,100,000 (estimated)
The design for Bowie State University’s Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics + Nursing (CNSMN) directly addresses the mission and strategic plans put forth by the University System of Maryland, the governor’s STEM taskforce, and Bowie State’s expressed goals to produce highly skilled graduates in the scientific, mathematical, engineering, technological, and health professional fields.
The building includes multidiscipline undergraduate teaching laboratories, research laboratories, and active learning classrooms for math, engineering, nursing, biology, chemistry, physical sciences, and blended disciplines. A unique and iconic feature of the Center is the three-story glass elliptical multipurpose space, which acts as a visual and functional beacon to express the university’s commitment to STEM and nursing education.
CNSMN features one of the nation’s largest installations of dynamic glass, by SageGlass, which contributes to the project goal of LEED Gold certification. By blocking sunlight on hot days, the installation helps dramatically reduce energy demand in the building and provides unobstructed access to outdoor views.
One wing holds most of the labs, with a lab-oriented HVAC system, while the other wing includes the nursing/health science learning and simulation suites, classrooms, and the majority of the offices. This allows for energy efficient and flexible systems to serve each occupancy type in a smart way.
The interior detailing is compelling. A very good balance in use of materials; ranks high sustainability-wise. The extensive use of glass promotes connection, interest. Beautifully detailed building.
Perkins + Will
PAUL HARNEY, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP