Antelope Valley College Health and Science Building

Client: Antelope Valley Community College District
Services Provided: Program Verification, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Lancaster, CA
Project Size: 66,119 asf/105,085 gsf
Completion Date: April 2013; Substantial Completion-September 2012
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: Shared Learning Spaces – Interdisciplinary Learning Center/Computer Lab Suite, Central Resource Center and AV Equipment Storage Facility, Flexible Classrooms, 100 Person Lecture Hall, Open Computer Lab, Faculty Training Lab, Tutorial Lab; Biology Program Labs and Prep Areas -Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Physiology and Anatomy Labs, 80-seat Planetarium/Atmospherium (Immersive Technology Theater); Nursing Program Labs and Support Areas – Skills Lab, Simulation Suite, EMT Lab, Respiratory Therapy Lab, Medical Office Assisting Lab, Nutrition and Food Lab, 100-seat surgery demonstration lab

Awards: 2013 AWARD OF HONOR Community College Facilities Coalition
2009 AWARD OF MERIT Community College Facilities Coalition (Project in Design)

The new futuristic U-shaped two-story Health and Sciences Building brings together two unique programs creating a highly flexible integrated learning facility at the heart of the campus. The goal of supporting student learning styles in a unique way manifested itself in specialized and flexible learning environments and a variety of student “owned” spaces that allow casual anytime interaction inside and around the complex. There is an immersive technology theater where students are treated to a 360 degree immersion into simulated environments ranging from exploration of the universe to travelling through the human body. There are also nursing critical care labs that simulate hospital environments that include robotic patients. Additionally there are natural and physical science labs that run the gamut. The building more than doubles the capacity of the college to serve the highly popular science and health science programs.