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November 10, 2016

Honor award: Higher education
LCC Health & Science Building

Photo by Andy Rovelstad
The lecture hall’s round structural wall mixes CMU and brick veneer.

Location: Longview

Mason contractor: RMC/Romi Masonry Construction

Architect: Leavengood Architects, Rovelstad Architects

Owner: Lower Columbia College

General contractor: Emerick Construction Co.

Masonry supply: Mutual Materials

Lower Columbia College’s new 70,000-square-foot Health & Science Building will strengthen job creation in the health and science fields and support the region’s economic diversification goals. The building houses classrooms, a 180-seat lecture hall, faculty offices and laboratories.

Form, massing and materials are designed in harmony with history. The new structure stands as a backdrop to a 1926 public library.

Circulation and dual lobbies on each floor hug the core of the building. The lecture hall’s round structural wall is a mixture of CMU and brick veneer.

Masonry products scale two stories of the building. Sloped roofs float over glazed openings to reduce scale.

Translucent solar panels are integrated into the overhangs, offering a view of the future science of solar energy.

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