Marin Academy Science, Innovation, and Learning Center
San Rafael, California
The Science and Innovation Center is a 21st Century learning environment that makes the sciences a visible, vibrant, and integral part of the Marin Academy campus. The building includes six laboratory classrooms and an independent study lab to support Marin Academy’s innovative science program. The lab classrooms provide space for integrated, long-term student projects to support hands-on learning and inspire the next generation of young scientists, while preparing them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century. A two story “hub” space provides key circulation space and houses an art/science gallery, small breakout spaces outside the classroom, and small meeting nooks to serve the entire Marin Academy campus. Portions of the hub have the ability to open to the new adjacent science garden, which transformed a small parking lot east of the historic campus mansion into a vitalized, experiential learning space. Science learning is allowed to spill out of the classrooms into this court, supporting outdoor, hands-on science education. On target for LEED Platinum, the Science and Innovation Center is a highly sustainable building, and serves as an object lesson for students.
Michael David Rose