The Allied Health and Sciences Center unites five health and sciences programs to form an interactive learning environment. The building itself is a teaching tool; its prominent sustainable features are utilized in the sciences curricula. Sited at one end of the primary campus pedestrian spine, it is a gateway to the campus interior and forms a new landscaped plaza – a campus-scale public space and a focal point for the science community. Labs and classrooms are organized in a linear bar facing north/south for solar orientation; a smaller block contains offices and support spaces. Located between these two elements is a “great room” with teaching gardens, an outdoor classroom, and a storm water retention pond. It is covered by a photovoltaic shade structure. The building is LEED Silver certified.