With design complete, Tarrant County College District’s Southeast Campus in Arlington plans to seek LEED-gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the new three-story, 120,000-sq-ft Science and Academic Building.
Plano-based SHW Group is serving as the project architect and Turner Construction Co.’s Dallas office is serving as the general contractor.
With a targeted completion date of late 2010, the new building will have a new student lecture hall to accommodate up to 200 students as well as student gathering areas, general purpose classrooms, back-to-back teaching science laboratories, a common prep area that will be shared by all teaching groups, and a large, three-story atrium space that will offer flexible seating for students to gather between classes.
The building is an addition to TCCD’s Southeast Campus. It was designed to create a new identity for the campus and serve as a destination for commuter students.
Following TCCD’s master plan, the multi-building institution frames a new campus axis and science/technology corridor. The site, along an east/west axis adjacent to the original campus structure, allows for significant reduction in solar heat gain and invites large expanses of glass along the north and south facades. The glass also provides daylighting into all interior academic and student spaces.