New Computer Science Center at Harvey Mudd College Breaks Ground

Located on the southwest corner of campus, the Scott A. McGregor Computer Science Center is designed as a new gateway to the historic Harvey Mudd campus while making a meaningful connection to the surrounding community. The three-story, 36,000-square foot academic building will house the computer science department on levels 2 and 3 and a new campus makerspace on the ground floor.

The design is tied to strategies that invigorate interdisciplinary collaboration in support of project-based learning. A central courtyard will serve as the main public space from which concentric rings move outward, transitioning from general to more specific space uses.

The building was planned in collaboration with the HMC community, according to Kim Patten, Partner at Steinberg Hart. “We engaged with the faculty, staff and students to understand what the goals and vision of this facility would be and … were inspired by the desire of the college to create a facility that would act as a campus and community gateway, embracing and welcoming people to the campus,” Patten said. The building, located at the southwest corner of Mudd on Platt Boulevard and Dartmouth Avenue, will be unique on HMC’s campus because its primary entrance faces away from HMC’s central quad, unlike most other buildings on campus, Patten continued.

Designed for energy efficiency, the building’s sustainable features include: operable windows in the offices, a cool roof, the use of daylighting throughout, native and adaptive vegetation in the landscaping, a steel structure that has a high recycled content, and bioswales and infiltration systems.

The project is slated for completion in early 2021. Click here to read more about the project, and here to read the latest news article on Harvey Mudd’s website.