LOCATION: Orangeburg, SC
PROJECT SIZE: 87,000 SQ FT
PROJECT COST: $16,100,000
The Freelon Group in association with McMillan Smith & Partners designed the new 87,000 Sq. Ft. Engineering and Computer Science Complex on the campus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. The new complex includes classroom and laboratory spaces for the Colleges of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology. Environmentally sustainable design strategies such as vegetated roofs, cistern, and native plant landscaping have been incorporated into the design. As a result of these efforts, the project has achieved USGBC LEED Gold Certification.
The project consolidates teaching, research, and office spaces that were previously scattered in a number of older buildings on campus. Several science and technology academic departments are housed in the complex: Mathematics, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Technology & Industrial Technology Education.
This highly efficient design is organized as a double loaded corridor on three levels with faculty offices and labs and classrooms to either side. Faculty offices overlook the campus and provide a more finely textured fenestration for the building façade. Opposite are classrooms and labs of varying sizes and types, from instrumentation and nuclear engineering labs to industrial technology and materials testing labs. A 200-seat auditorium is located on the ground floor adjacent to the main lobby. Industrial technology labs extend from the rear of the building’s main volume to isolate hazardous materials and exhaust systems.
The building sits on axis with the SCSU's pedestrian brick yard, forming the western edge to the heart of campus. The rectangular volume of the building takes advantage of site geometries to form a triangular campus green between the building and the street. The space and texture of the brick yard is extended across the street to establish an entry plaza to the new building. The volume of the auditorium sits forward of the main building mass, helping define the entrance and one edge of the triangular campus green. The building materials reflect its organization with labs clad in a metal skin that is folded up and over the building to shelter the brick clad office volume and articulate a sheltered lobby entrance.
Design Architect/Architect of Record: Freelon
Associate Architect: McMillan Smith & Partners