Austin College, IDEA Center

Sherman, TX | 2013

A dynamic multidisciplinary science facility, the IDEA Center reflects Austin College's long-standing leadership in science education and its commitment to sustainability. This center for "Inquiry, Discovery, Entrepreneurship, and Access" is a hub for social and intellectual interaction and houses the Departments of Math, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and Physics. Its Native Plant Educational Landscape creates a sense of arrival in the three-story lobby, a central circulation zone that fills the Center with natural light. Students and faculty across departments share a cafe, 110-seat lecture hall, social spaces, and reading areas. Labs and classrooms with glass corners allow visitors to glimpse the activities within. The project is LEED Gold Certified, with sustainable features that include solar orientation and energy and water conservation. Shepley Bulfinch is the design architect in association with Page Southerland Page of Dallas.

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The IDEA Center - Austin College page
Celebrating the new IDEA Center - KTEN TV, Nov 2013
IDEA Center groundbreaking - June 2011

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Elizabeth Ericson
Alexander Howe
Alex Bushkoff
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