|Fredonia Science Center
State University of New York
Fredonia, New York
Inspired by the natural history and landscape of Western New York, the project applies a regional landscape vernacular to a modern university campus. This regional connection of geology and ecology are highlighted by the project's juxtaposition with the existing historic campus fabric and is symbolic of the dynamic interaction of the University's various programs of study.
Built on a former parking lot, the Science Courtyard extends the academic classroom outdoors by engaging students with native materials and natural processes. Rich in regional meaning and adaptable for multiple uses, the courtyard is flexible to promote social interaction among students and meet a variety of University programs. The Science Walk reclaims Science Drive as an important new pedestrian corridor. The walk extends the courtyard's distinctive geologic paving concept, and the school's focus on regional landscapes, into the larger campus setting.
Architect: Mitchell | Giurgola Architects