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November 10, 2016
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.