Blinn College, RELLIS Campus, Walter C. Schwartz STEM & Student Center

Collegiate & Higher Education, Labs and R&D, Branding & Graphics


Bryan, Texas


85,000 sf

Project Features
  • Eight labs
  • 18 classrooms
  • Student gathering spaces
  • Private and collaborative huddle areas
  • Maker space

Located on the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus, this state-of-the-art STEM building has eight labs, 18 classrooms, and exhibits 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. The building’s exterior reflects the RELLIS campus context and blends with the existing campus narrative.

Establishing a presence for Blinn on the RELLIS campus was the main priority and the building was designed around that inclusive concept. The building incorporates transparency and activity on the ground floor, as well as gathering spaces on the exterior porch. The gathering spaces serve as “touch down” space for students in various ways to promote social activity. The building provides a variety of gathering spaces: public individual spaces at the atrium, private group huddle rooms, and collaborative spaces where students have access to marker boards and technology.

The flexible classrooms include a makerspace with 3D printers. The fourth floor houses the faculty and dean suite, as well as a terrace that looks toward the future development of the Texas A&M RELLIS campus.

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 21-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.