Design Narrative

The new Academic II building will house the School of Business and the School of information Technology and Communication Design (ITCD). The building is approximately 58,000 GSF of classroom, laboratory space, and offices. This is the second building to be constructed on the Crescent, a unifying feature of the campus core that centralizes academic and student activity.

The design concept for the new Academic II Classroom Building is to create a series of linked interior and exterior spaces that provide opportunities for collaboration and informal social interaction between students, faculty and staff. Building on the success of the library, the new classroom building takes it shape in response to the library’s southwest entry; the Crescent; future pedestrian circulation patterns; sun and wind to form sheltered entries; courtyards and sunny urban spaces shared by both buildings. The goal is to create a place that supports a critical mass of activity and provides a framework for future campus development.

The building is designed to achieve LEED Platinum rating using proper shading and passive and active solar strategies. The most prominent shading feature on the building are south west facing baguettes which are arranged to maximize daylighting and minimize solar heat gain. Each space has an optimized baguette pattern that is a result of sophisticated solar analysis. The main passive strategies that are used in the project are indirect and direct solar gain and natural ventilation. Using a sophisticated monitoring system, radiant floors and natural ventilation are controlled to optimize interior comfort. The building will use renewable energy from CSUMB solar farm located on 7th Street and Butler.