West Houston STEM Institute
Houston Community College
Completion 2017 Anticipated
116,000 sq. ft.
In Several existing buildings populate the site for this new STEM classroom and makerspace building. One of our challenges is to unify the buildings into a campus. Our strategy is to form a strong edge along Westheimer Road and to create a protected quad space between the new building and the existing buildings. The new building’s geometry defines a courtyard space that will be an extension of the building’s organizing atrium and will provide covered outdoor areas adjacent to the café. The courtyard addresses the existing buildings and new pathways will connect all components of the site.
This new building has a complex program with many different elements that enhance the program of the existing campus. The Maker Space consists of spaces dedicated to woodworking, metalworking, textiles, electronics, ceramics, jewelry making and 3D printing. A 10,000 square foot conference center and Collaboratorium can accommodate 600 people for meetings and events focused on collaborative thinking and discussion. The learning commons is designed to act as a hub for students to access college resources and provide a collaborative space for team projects. Science and engineering labs provide a hands-on-learning environment for students to perform research in a collaborative way.