Science Education Center
Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Newtown Pike Campus

Lexington, Kentucky

As part of the Kentucky Community & Technical College’s BuildSmart initiative, Bluegrass Community and Technical College is expanding its Newtown Campus. The new “Science Education Center” will contain nearly 64,000 square feet and features an expansive 2-story atrium that introduces natural light into the space through the surrounding curtainwall system and a large skylight. An open monumental stair leads to the second floor lobby.
Spaces within the building include offices and testing spaces for Student Services, administrative offices and meetings rooms, faculty offices, classrooms, student study and public gathering spaces, and lab spaces for Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, General Biology, General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
On the second level, a pedestrian bridge connects the Science Education Center to an existing classroom building, while a public terrace overlooks the future quad space.
The third floor has access to a green roof and rooftop terrace, which extends over the lobby/entrance area.
Targeting LEED Silver certification, the design includes innovative sustainable practices such as light shelves, low emissivity glazing, utilization of regional materials, ample daylighting and views, and energy/water conservation measures throughout the building.

LEED Silver targeted