Bioscience Education Center, Montgomery College
- Rockville, MD
- Montgomery College
- 130,000 SF
- LEED Gold
- 2016 AIA Maryland Design Award
Planning and design of the 145,000 square-foot New Bioscience Education Center (BEC) was undertaken to facilitate a world class biotechnology, biology and chemistry program at Montgomery College. Located north of the proposed Germantown Biotechnology Business Park, the BEC serves the needs of the thriving biotechnology industry in Montgomery County and further strengthens the State of Maryland’s position as a global leader in bioscience and technology education. The BEC represents a significant investment in STEM education and workforce development in Montgomery County.
The three-story building houses both general and specialty laboratory teaching and research space, including classrooms, recitation rooms, wet laboratories, a science learning center, a detached greenhouse complex, Smart Instructor Work Stations, and offices to support the biology, biotechnology and chemistry curricula. Recognized with LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the project incorporated several sustainable elements intended to be used as teaching tools in and of themselves including roof-mounted wind turbines, a photovoltaic solar panel system, and a green roof.