The need for a new science center at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus was evident long before the groundbreaking in February 2009. More students had enrolled in science, engineering, and mathematics courses than ever before and leaders at the college, county, and state levels agreed – investing in a new building would benefit the entire community. From its dramatic four story atrium to its gleaming new laboratories, recitation rooms, and faculty offices, the new 140,000-square-foot instructional building provides much needed space for students increasingly seeking affordable, high quality programs in science, engineering, and mathematics.
Throughout design and construction, we worked closely with the college faculty who provided expert advice on what today’s science and engineering majors need to succeed. One key suggestion was to create gathering spaces for students, whose classroom discussions often spill into hallways at the end of class. The result – four stories of instructional space, organized into neighborhoods of program specific labs, recitation rooms, and study areas. Students and their professors can consult in the nearby department office suites.
The Science Center was the first phase of a three phased project. It was followed by the renovation and addition to Science East, which opened in June 2014, and the renovation and addition to Science West that is now going into construction.