Performing Arts Center Renovation

The Performing Arts Center was in need of a major renovation work in all public areas. The house was changed in its configuration with new walls, foyer, seating and acoustic treatment.  A new pre-function lobby integrated areas for ticket sales, concession, art gallery and new public restrooms. An art gallery was incorporated in the lobby, having specialty lighting, art cases, and areas for flexible art to be exhibited. The large hall has seating for 280, which was modified to provide accessible access, seating, and improved media control area.  The new entrance also offers an outdoor theater performance area for special events.



Photo Credit: Matt Winquist

Math and Science Building

The Math, Science and Engineering Building consolidates the teaching programs of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography and Mathematics into one modern facility. The new teaching and learning environments replace existing and aging facilities, constructed in the mid-sixties and early seventies.

MIAA collaborates closely with the faculty and college staff to help clarify their needs. The project strives to provide more functional and adequate spaces in the new building to better accommodate both the faculty and students alike. Flexible classrooms, labs, lab support, offices and other collaborative spaces will increase efficiencies, enhance collaboration, strengthen shared purposes and promote greater learning.

The project design implements recycled water for irrigation and a state of the art water harvesting system. All roof water, site rain water, and HVAC is piped to an underground cistern that is sized to handle the majority of rain events.


Science Building

The design provides for a major new science instructional building connecting to an existing science building in the center of a built out, dense campus. The site and building spaces are planned to foster community and interdisciplinary collaboration. The building massing and site design allow the campus landscape to continue through the first floor, creating a large sheltered gathering/study space adjacent to meeting and collaboration rooms. Significant grade changes in the small site are designed to provide terraces, a biopond research area, and memorial tree garden. Laboratories are placed on the second floor to allow for direct lab exhaust through the roof to limit chase areas and simplify mechanical systems. The roof includes an instructional greenhouse and an observatory instructional area, with specially designed structure for vibration resistance and telescope storage.

  • Continuous operation of adjacent science building during construction
  • Biology, chemistry, physics, geology labs, greenhouse, astronomy telescope stations
  • Flexible, modular labs with common prep space
  • Exterior instruction area, learning landscape, outdoor study
  • Integrated communal space for faculty, employees, students
  • Integrated into existing campus including connections to all primary paths
  • Faculty and staff work spaces
  • Lecture & lab spaces incorporate state of the art infrastructure for teaching
  • Sustainable Design LEED Silver


Photo credit: Bill Timmerman | Cristian Costea