March 28, 2007
Today, the College of Charleston went before the City of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review to receive Preliminary Approval of the College’s New Science Center. The Science Center is a result of the College’s Fourth Century Initiative in providing state-of-the-art facilities to the students of the College of Charleston.
The New Science Center is slated to be built on K-Lot, which is currently a faculty and staff parking lot at the corner of Calhoun Street and Coming Street. The address of the new building will be at 202 Calhoun Street, across from the College’s Addlestone Library. The building will be U-Shaped with classrooms overlooking Calhoun and Coming Streets and a central courtyard facing Duncan Street. The 125,000 square foot building will be specifically for Biology and Chemistry classes. It will house a 147-seat lecture room, organic chemistry labs, laser labs, x-ray labs, typical biology labs, and a greenhouse. The new center will also have classrooms, faculty and staff offices, conference rooms, and student organization offices.
In January, the architects and College received Conceptual Approval from the BAR and instructed to study several other options with the outside of the building. Tonight, after changing several aspects of the building, the BAR gave Preliminary Approval for the building as a whole. In the coming months, the architects will again work to finalize the plans for the New Science Center in hopes that construction may start this Fall.
Students in attendance were Chairperson Seaton Brown of the Student Government Association, and students Nate Attard and Katie Bigley. Also in attendance were the Vice President for Facilities and Planning, Monica Scott, and former President of the College, President Ted Stern.