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HGA-Designed Natural Sciences Building at Sacramento City College Puts Science on Display for Local Students

SACRAMENTO, CA — HGA announces the completion of the new Natural Sciences Building on the campus of Sacramento City College (SCC), a flexible and student-centric facility that adds nearly 10,000 square feet of learning and collaboration space to the former site of an existing educational hall. The resulting 54,574-square-foot Natural Sciences Building provides science laboratories and related support spaces, general education classrooms, office space, and connected outdoor environments for the SCC community while achieving the net-zero energy goal set by the college.

The distinctive placement of the new $34.6 million facility serves as a gateway to the SCC campus complete with an outdoor plaza and seating options that encourage students to continue the learning experience when they are outside of the building. In addition to activating its prominent corner of the campus, the exterior of the Natural Sciences Building was designed with careful consideration to its broader context by integrating the brick into the architectural form that is consistent across this 97-year-old campus within the Los Rios Community College District.

“The Natural Sciences Building is a great example of best practices in evidence-based design filtered through a truly contextual lens in order to thoroughly address all of SCC’s goals for the project,” said Courtney McLeod Golden, Practice Group Leader and Principal-in-Charge of the project at HGA. “With this new building, HGA is proud to be a design partner with the district, providing students across greater Sacramento with an elevated learning experience through highly functional, top-of-the-line educational spaces.”

In addition to McLeod Golden, the HGA project team included Tiffany Coyne, Senior Project Manager, and Ida Brown, Project Architect. The project was completed under a traditional design-bid-build delivery method, with an emphasis on document quality control and value engineering built into each phase. Broward Builders, Inc. served as the general contractor. The project team also included experts in lab design, envelope, sustainability, and cost estimation, including The Engineering Enterprise, Quadriga Landscape Architecture and Planning Inc., Wood Rodgers Inc., Research Facilities Design, and RDH Building Science Inc.

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