Azusa Pacific University, Segerstrom Science Center
Located at the southern edge of the emerging West Campus expansion, this approximately 75,000 GSF. complex is designed as a new iconic gateway to the University. As a state of the art center for Science Education, the facility artfully combines and efficiently consolidates and enhances teaching and laboratory facilities for the departments of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology. The innovative architectural and landscape composition not only creates a stunning campus landmark but facilitates and fosters a desired sense of community for the students as well as a new learning dialogue with the exterior environs. Working closely with the architectural team, AC. Martin Partners and the biology department, we created a series of garden courtyards and spaces that demonstrate positive aspects of biodiversity, sustainability, water conservation and best practice storm water management. Extending the teaching environment outdoors, the surrounding gardens and open spaces creatively integrate a courtyard pond habitat, storm water management infiltration/ recharge ponds, native grass ground covers and a diverse collection of California native trees, shrubs and succulents. Collectively, the Segerstrom Science Center has been widely acclaimed as a dramatic landmark and a real valuable asset for the University's Science programs, faculty and student recruitment.