Harvey Mudd College, McGregor Computer Science Center Claremont, California
The Scott A. McGregor Computer Science Center at Harvey Mudd College creates new space for the school's computer science program and a vibrant area for project-based learning.
Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd College, a private undergraduate science and engineering college located in eastern Los Angeles County, enlisted Steinberg Hart to embark on a conceptual design process to develop a vision for a new academic building. Previously, the computer science program—a key department—was dispersed among multiple buildings across the campus. The new academic building includes labs, clinic space, student study and collaboration space, as well as administrative and faculty offices. Computer Science’s co-location with the makerspace fosters opportunities for students to connect and co-create across disciplines.
The three-story, 36,000-square-foot academic building features a welcoming, expansive lobby at the first floor, as well as ample study, hangout, and collaboration spaces for students. On the second and third floors, faculty offices, clinic and project studios, teaching and research laboratories and collaboration spaces serve the computer science program. The now contiguous computer science space brings together previously fragmented elements such as student project areas, clinic program work areas and computer labs. These floors encircle a central courtyard that brings transparency and natural light to the building’s circulation spaces.
The design is tied to strategies that invigorate interdisciplinary collaboration – a key component of Harvey Mudd’s mission as part of the Claremont Colleges. For a science and engineering-focused school like Harvey Mudd, the integration of a campus wide makerspace was especially important to nurture the aspirations of their faculty and students, and to showcase their talent. Steinberg Hart worked closely with the institution’s stakeholders to craft the vision for the school’s makerspace, and root it as a central campus activity hub. The makerspace design is focused on creating one large open workspace for collaboration, networking, and socialization. The space features a “zoned” layout that includes a collaborative lounge, co-working and idea development areas, rapid prototyping, and light-to-medium fabrication. The makerspace is located adjacent to renovated metal and wood machine shops, which provide for heavy fabrication needs.
2020 Southern California Development Forum, People’s Choice Award
2020 Southern California Development Forum, Unbuilt