Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center’s BCAMSC students and teachers have changed the face
of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum since 1991, embracing the Center’s
mantra of “Innovation through Inspiration.” The Center serves dual functions: education for exceptional highschool students from 16 neighboring districts; and the design, manufacturing and distribution of Science Unit curriculum kits throughout the nation.
BCAMSC was gifted the former Cereal City USA Museum in Battle Creek, Michigan by The Kellogg Company in which the Center was to relocate. The design team
transformed the former museum into an immersive learning environment that exemplifi es STEM curriculum while inspiring students, staff and community.
The exterior solution removed the existing agricultural roof forms and added a cantilevered second and third floor over the entry plaza. Supporting this, an expressive “V”-shaped column at the building’s entry serves as a source of study and inspiration. A glass curtainwall envelops the exterior of the second fl oor and highlights a greenhouse at the corner, showcasing the Center’s commitment to research-based learning. The new third floor is enclosed in a two-tone metal panel with punched openings inspired by mathematic patterns. Classrooms also surround open collaboration spaces, including a physics perch designed to safely drop objects from the third fl oor and measure results.