Richard E. Smith Science Center
The expansion and renovation of the Richard E. Smith Science Center was envisioned as a part of the Hutchinson Community College campus master plan, developed by SJCF Architecture. As the new home of the math and science programs, this 40,000 square foot building includes lecture rooms designed for a variety of learning configurations and state-of-the-art labs for biology, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, organic chemistry and physical sciences. Today’s emphasis on the pedagogy of science and technology integration guided the design of this facility.
Students learn in an environment that supports and encourages collaboration and analytical thinking. The chemistry labs contain multiple large and small ventilated hoods for group and individual instruction, with adjacent lecture areas. The lecture halls support lectures and students working with partners or small teams. Students also expressed desire for a place to collaborate and study together. A new student commons, with great views of the campus, provides such an area for students.