LINDLEY CENTER FOR STEM EDUCATION

 

OVERVIEW

Named after current Santa Rosa Junior College Trustee W. Terry Lindley, the new 95,000-square foot Lindley Center for STEM Education will modernize and expand a number of programs, and provide new hands-on learning activities to support students in their educational journey. Building design was guided by three key concepts:

Enhancing Academic Support:  Learning must continue outside the classroom. The support resourced need to be adjacent and accessible to labs and classrooms, with MESA being moved into the Lindley Center along with creation of a new STEM Success Center.

Student-Centered Spaces:  In the Lindley Center, multiple spaces throughout all three floors will be venues for students to meet, collaborate, and feel a part of the SRJC community. Additionally, many of these areas are adjacent to faculty offices to connect students to the individuals most invested in their success.

Hands-On Learning.  Students learn by doing. It is important to emulate what students would see in the workplace and at four-year universities in the multiple lab spaces throughout the building.  

 

Southern video of Lindley Center showing the black brick face and students sitting in the quad.

 

KEY BUILDING FEATURES

  • A new Innovation Center to promote hands on learning
  • A new STEM Success Center to expand and enhance current student support resources
  • A meeting space for various student clubs in and outside of STEM
  • Community spaces that foster active learning
  • Intentional areas for students to study, socialize, and collaborate throughout the building
  • Expanded chemistry and physics labs along with a new large lecture hall
  • Third floor terrace to give sweeping view of campus

     
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INNOVATION CENTER

Rendering of Innovation Center showing laboratory tables and spaces.
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The Innovation Center is not just a "maker space."  The over 4,000-square feet space is a hands-on, interconnected lab, with four discrete areas that takes students through the creation process.

  • Lab #1: The DESIGN space will allow for students to collaborate, research, and create using the latest CADD software.
  • Lab #2: The MAKE space is where students will bring their projects to life using various materials (e.g., wood, foam board, plastics, etc.) and working with industrial 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines.
  • Lab #3: The BREAK space is where students will test and refine their creations -- but, inevitably, in the creation process things may break.  This area is also designed to be an exhibition and display space where models and projects can be presented.
  • Lab #4: The Virtual Reality (VR) Lab is where the impossible comes into digital life. Creations can exist in the digital space where there are no limits. Outfitted with 24 state-of-the-art VR stations, students interested in architecture, interior design, 3D modeling and animation, and gaming will come here to create and interact with virtual worlds.

 

STEM SUCCESS CENTER

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STUDENT GROUP LEARNING SPACES

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MESA

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CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS LABS

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MATHEMATICS CLASSROOMS

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