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Science and Math Learning Center
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2011

Size of Project: 62,000 square feet LEED® for Schools™ Gold

The SMLC, a gateway to the technological center of the campus, is focused on technology-rich spaces accommodating a diversity of users and fostering innovation in a sustainable, energy-efficient setting. The design integrates technology-rich chemistry and biology teaching labs/classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, a visualization lab, ‘smart’ classrooms, and a cafe.

A three-story light-well connects the south facing lab wing with faculty offices and the classrooms. The main-floor learning alcoves in this bright, central gathering area provide flexible spaces for socializing or study. Distant learning access enables the users to interact with other facilities across the country.

The SMLC is a contemporary interpretation of UNM’s distinctive, historic “pueblo revival” design idiom established by John Gaw Meem. The massing, forms, materials, and colors of the SMLC unify the regional quality of the campus while clearly projecting the high tech learning and research going on within the space. Exterior detailing responds to the strong New Mexico sun.

Awards:
2011 Best Building Award, AGC New Mexico
Top Starts 2009, Southwest Contractor Magazine
In association with Shepley Bulfinch of Boston.