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University of Scranton’s LEED Silver Loyola Science Center Uses Sustainable Design To Encourage Collaboration

Posted By Beth Buczynski On January 4, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture | No Comments


There’s no doubt that the look and feel of higher education is changing. Massive lecture halls, where students are merely a face in the crowd, and teachers are miles away, are finally going extinct. In their place are bright, open learning environments [1] that encourage interaction, discussion and creativity. To encourage interaction between scientific disciplines, the 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center incorporates a dynamic, modern design that includes visible glass-walled laboratories. Instead of only chairs and chalkboards, the center features ample informal learning spaces; classrooms that permit group activities and hands-on-learning; and teaching and research spaces that are flexible to accommodate changing future needs.

To help it earn LEED Silver certification, the building’s designers used local materials, energy-efficient lights and heating systems, a heat recycling system [2] that captures exhaust air using a heat exchange wheel, and efficient water fixtures. There is also a rooftop greenhouse for research, a vivarium, and a central atrium with a coffee shop.

“A drastic change in environment, the new facility redefines the concept of a learning space,” said George Gomez, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and neuroscience and Project Shepherd of the Loyola Science Center. “It is a structure that emphasizes human interactions as a critical part of education, a structure that unites the traditionally separate and disparate academic disciplines. This radical change in environment can bring forth new life.”

+University of Scranton [3]

via World Architecture News [4]

Photographs by Barry Halkin Photography and Robert Benson Photography

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[1] bright, open learning environments: http://inhabitat.com/university-of-waterloos-new-prismatic-engineering-building-is-a-daylight-factory/

[2] heat recycling system: http://inhabitat.com/tag/waste-heat/

[3] +University of Scranton: http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/sciencecenter/index.shtml

[4] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=21650&region=1

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