Exterior of the Keck Center at Chapman University | Images courtesy Lawrence Anderson

$87M Portion of University Science Building Completed

Carrie Rossenfeld Healthcare & Education

C.W. Driver Companies has completed an $87 million portion of Chapman University’s Keck Center for Science and Engineering in Orange, California, according to a release from a representative of the builder. The total cost of the center is $130 million.

The 149,697-square-foot, state-of-the-art education and research facility is the largest, most expensive, and most technologically advanced project in the university’s history, the statement says. The center is home to the Schmid College of Science and Technology and Fowler School of Engineering and includes an additional 145,560 square feet of subterranean parking, according to the release.

To enhance interdisciplinary work, the Keck Center features high-tech equipment and design elements such as writable glass walls within the science, technology, and engineering labs, the source reports. The Keck Center reportedly intends on serving more than 50,000 students during its first 20 years at Chapman University to allow students at all levels to pursue foundational sciences such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, and more.

C.W. Driver Companies worked alongside Chapman University’s Campus Planning Department; AC Martin Partners Inc.; and Abacus Project Management Inc. on the project, the release says. The project is a recent addition to C.W. Driver Companies’ higher-education portfolio, which includes Biola University’s Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology, and Health; Loyola Marymount University’s Life Sciences Building; CSU San Bernardino’s Student Housing & Dining Commons; University of California, Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library addition and renewal; San Francisco State University’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center; and California Polytechnic State University, Pomona’s Student Services Building.

Andrew Lyon, Ph.D., dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology, is quoted in the release as saying about C.W. Driver’s work on the project, “The top-notch labs, innovative technology, and inspiring aesthetics and architecture are a huge attraction for our current and incoming science students.”

According to the release, The Keck Center comprises three floors and is divided into two sections: the Hall of Science and the Hall of Technology and Engineering, bridged by a grand arch that serves as the focal point of the building. In total, the center includes 18 teaching labs, 22 research labs, 47 faculty and graduate-student offices, three multi-purpose classrooms, and six collaboration areas for students and faculty. The facility also features an 833-seat outdoor amphitheater/stadium and a 347-space, two-story subterranean parking garage.

Interior of the Keck Center