Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
A $14 million donation will allow the Battle Creek Area Math + Science Center to transform the original Cereal City USA Museum (also donated). The resulting 64.000 square foot facility is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
The design will remove six existing agricultural roof forms and create a cantilevered second and third floor over the entry plaza. An expressive column at the building's entry will be a source of study and inspiration for the users. Glass curtainwall will envelope the exterior of the second floor and allow for a greenhouse at the corner. Visitors to the Center will enter directly under the Greenhouse, showcasing commitment to research-based learning.
Drawing from biological science, interior walls are an expression of organic form set in motion by a three-story pendulum. Classrooms are bounded by monolithic walls, with entries created by serpentine structural glass weaving around the Collaboration Space. This area is a three-story atrium with museum-like spaces for study, interaction and reflection. Scientific installations including sustainability monitoring, suspended molecular models, interactive technology exhibits, Physic's drop zone, and the students' solar car project will enhance the space. This building will embody the Battle Creek Area Math + Science Center's mantra...Innovation through Insipiration.