Today, the University of San Francisco and NBBJ celebrate the opening of the John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science Innovation. The project embodies the university’s mission to train future leaders who will improve society through science.
The design of the facility accommodates learning in large groups, in small teams, individually and one-on-one with faculty. Inspired by Provost Jennifer Turpin’s desire to create a hub and meeting place in the heart of the campus, 37% of the design includes social spaces with flat-screen televisions, varied seating, fireplaces and rooftop gardens.
The design captures 100 percent of the rainwater that falls on site, filtered within a 28,000-gallon cistern. The water is then distributed to cooling towers across the campus to offset use of water for non-potable purposes. The project is on track to achieve LEED Gold.