Western Carolina University
STEM Center & Science Quad
As part of the design for a new STEM building for Western Carolina University, Lord Aeck Sargent is transforming this portion of campus into a dynamic new science hub.
Phasing and placement of the new STEM building will be constructed in a way that frames a large new outdoor quad and better-connects it to other key pedestrian routes throughout the campus. Sustainable design strategies and the philosophy of “putting Science on Display” are guiding principles for the design team. The overall design—both inside and outside—is inspired directly by the unique history, culture and ecologies of mountainous western North Carolina including the influence of the Cherokee civilization.