Blinn College STEM Building & Student Resource Center

Collegiate & Higher Education, Master Planning

Location

Bryan, Texas

Size

80,000 sf

Project Features
  • STEM building
  • Student resource center 
  • Laboratories
  • Classrooms
  • Interdisciplinary space

Kirksey was selected to design the new STEM building and Student Resource Center as part of the Blinn College Bryan Campus Master Plan, located on 95 untouched acres. With 8 labs layered on each floor and 18 classrooms throughout the STEM building, the finished design will be a state-of-the-art STEM building in the middle of an oasis, exhibiting a different science per floor. The floors are interdisciplinary, with corridor space in the center to serve as collaboration areas with huddle rooms and peer-to-peer learning spaces.

Early in the process, Kirksey employed the use of drones to identify natural amenities of the land, and that quickly influenced much of the design for the new buildings. The design aesthetic speaks to the Texas vernacular and surrounding land, incorporating existing ponds as amenities that provide outdoor learning opportunities at every turn. Designed with a nod to original Texas architecture, the buildings incorporate concepts of a "breezeway," a "porch" and a "hearth," and will extend over a pond to celebrate the idea of a pier. Creatively using warm materials that are historically reflective of the rural Texas site, Kirksey's design applies those materials to today's modern aesthetic with ultimate functionality.

Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve’s experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 17-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm’s membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.