The College of Marin (COM) in California, US, is planning to open the new $56m Science, Math, Nursing building on 10 May 2013.
Designed by ED2 International Architects/Planners of San Francisco, the new 77,000ft², three-storey building is located in the south-west corner of Kentfield’s upper campus.
The building features teaching facilities with laboratory ventilation and improved safety systems.
Apart from housing science, math, and nursing programmes and the college’s internal IT department, the facility also houses a new central plant, which will accommodate electrical and mechanical equipment for the campus.
Sustainable features of the project include the use of solar panels to supply heating for the domestic hot water system.
The building has green roof areas and uses green building products such as Marmoleum natural linoleum.
Lathrop Construction Associates was the contractor for the project while Swinerton Management & Consulting served as the program and construction manager.
The college broke ground on the project in 2010, which included the demolition of several buildings such as Dickson Hall, the Dance Center, the Disabled Students Building and the Green House.
The building is expected to secure LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.
College of Marin superintendent and president David Wain Coon said, "Modernising outdated facilities has been a top priority for the College of Marin Board of Trustees who used Measure C funds to support sustainable building practices."
Other Measure C projects in the college include the physical education center and pool, the track replacement project, and the transformation of the Transportation Technology Complex, Main Building Complex.
The final Measure C-funded modernisation project, the Academic Center, is expected to be completed in 2015.
Image: The College of Marin’s new Science, Math, Nursing building is located in the southwest corner of Kentfield’s upper campus. Photo: Courtesy of the College of Marin.