Clark Construction Group,
Perkins and Will
(Bowie State University, Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing)
In February 2019, the U.S. Green Building Council certified the 149,000-square-foot, $102 million building in Bowie as a LEED Platinum Science Laboratory Building. The designation made it the first of its kind in the state and region.
Built by the Clark Construction Group and designed by Perkins and Will, the four-story facility was completed in June 2017 with three main principles in mind: reducing the school’s environmental footprint, increasing student engagement and adding flexibility.
It’s filled with state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching and research laboratories. These include 23 research and instructional laboratories, 14 flexible classrooms with moveable walls and furnishings, five active learnings classrooms and labs, and a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center.
The research suite features a collaborative lab environment for chemistry, biology, and physics, with core labs for microscopy, spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging.
The center’s 125-seat, three-story cylindrical enclosure dubbed “the Beacon” is shaped in the mold of the school’s iconic “torch of truth” and serves as a multi-purpose room for special events, displays and lectures.