Columbia College - Brouder Science Center

Columbia College - Brouder Science Center

Teamed with a local campus architect, The Clark Enersen Partners provided laboratory planning and engineering design services for a new science building on the Columbia College Campus.  The 53,033-square-foot facility, which was completed earlier this year, features five general laboratories, eight advanced laboratories, five additional classrooms and 18 faculty offices as well as the 126-seat Bixby Auditorium.

The building unifies all the college’s science-related programs under one roof — biology, chemistry, forensic and environmental science, and nursing.  These programs were scattered throughout buildings on the college’s central 30-acre campus.  For the first time, every science and nursing faculty member will be in one location to better interact and collaborate with students and each other, and students will no longer need to leave campus to work on such essential equipment as a mass spectrometer. 

The nursing department, which is on the lower level of the center, features two simulation rooms, 11 beds and two simulator mannequins. The forensic science program will be able to reproduce crime scenes in a dedicated space, not impromptu in multi-purpose classrooms. Modern safety equipment was incorporated throughout each laboratory.