A new Math and Science Building integrates nature and connects a campus.
Colton High School's Math and Science Building creates a gateway for the adjacent campus with a stair tower becoming a landmark for the campus as a whole. The building had to be oriented east and west so the glazing wraps the corners of the buildings. The glazing has a strong vertical orientation with light shelves and vertical fins to reduce glare and maximize daylight.
The new building is a two-story, 50,000 square foot structure laid in an 'L' shaped configuration. It consists of a primary wing connected by a bridge, elevator, and the stair component. The two winds have classrooms on either side of a central corridor. Light and ventilation scoops along the roof allow the central hallways to be naturally ventilated.
The south facing wing of the building is shaped to wrap around an existing mature oak tree so there is an additional small courtyard along the street as well as a new quadrangle shaped by the L-configuration flanking its south and west sides.