San Joaquin Delta College Science and Math Building

Client: San Joaquin Delta Community College District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Interior Design
Project Location: Stockton, CA
Project Size: 114,346 sf
Completion Date: January 2014
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geography, Oceanography, Physics, Astronomy, Math, Plaza

The San Joaquin Delta College Science and Math Complex replaces an existing outdated 92,000 sf science building. The importance of collaboration and shared decision making for this project was emphasized by the College so that the design would be a hybrid intended to serve the students of San Joaquin Delta College well into the 21st Century. A Building Committee was formed consisting of a representative group from the Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Administration, Faculty, Students, Facilities and Information Technology.  The programming/design committee worked together with the architects and engineers to create a program that served as the foundation for the design concept studies that ultimately led to the final solution.  The exterior building forms, materials and colors reflect a modern interpretation which compliments and harmonizes with the “Village” character of the existing college buildings.The 3-story building is striated with geological sciences and physics on the ground level, biological sciences on the second level and chemistry on the third level. Each department is supported with division offices, interdisciplinary student interaction spaces, and classrooms on each level. The ground level also houses interdisciplinary large group lecture spaces, an integrated science tutorial center and the MESA center which provides technologically-rich math, engineering and science investigative space. The architecture “fits” the village character of the original San Joaquin Delta College campus translated in a modern language whose goal was to be as transparent as practical to allow passersby to understand the science division offerings. A science demonstration garden surrounds much of the building complex. The project also included demolishing the existing building and replacing that site with a new Plaza.